Yamato and Musashi Internet Photo Archive
Yamato and Musashi Internet Photo Archive
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WELCOME TO THE INTERNET'S YAMATO & MUSASHI BATTLESHIP PHOTO ARCHIVE! (EST. 08/2008) MAJOR UPDATE - 08/2019 WITH DOZENS OF NEW HIGH RES PHOTOS!

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READ ROBERT LUNDGREN'S BOOK ON LEYTE GULF:

'THE WORLD WONDER'D' - BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF by Robert Lundgren

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Archive photos are from the USA National Archives & the USN, & are in the Public Domain.

LINKS:

IJN IN COLOR WEBSITE BY IROOTOKO_JR

MUSASHI EXPEDITION

CLASSICWARSHIPS.COM

IJN YAMATO - TABULAR RECORD OF MOVEMENT

THE ROBERT LUNDGREN HISTORICAL RESOURCE

MODEL WARSHIPS.COM

IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY PAGE (COMBINED FLEET)

MILITARY PHOTOS.NET

STEELNAVY.COM

IJN SHIP DOWNLOADABLE 'PERSONAS' FOR FIREFOX BROWSER

YAMATO'S FINAL BATTLE CGI FILM

YAMATO AT THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF CGI FILM

Historian Anthony Tully, (co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway"), Forum:

TULLY'S PORT

3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast:

Janusz Skulski-The Battleship Yamato-Anatomy of a Ship

Russell Spurr-A Glorious Way to Die - The Kamikaze Mission of the Battleship Yamato

Yoshida Mitsuru-Requiem for Battleship Yamato (An incredible survivor's account of the battle.)

Reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945:

1:200 YAMATO MODEL

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Operation Ten'Ichigo - April 6-7,1945
Operation Ten'Ichigo - April 6-7,1945 
 
A closeup of a detail of the previous image appears to capture a moment eerily similar to that described earlier by Yoshida during the first attack wave;

"More than one hundred enemy planes attacking!' Is it the navigation officer who calls this out? Inevitable that both torpedoes and bombs will focus on Yamato.

The captain orders: 'Commence firing.' Twenty-four antiaircraft guns and 120 machine guns open fire at the same moment... The battle begins.

Here and now we fire the first shots of this desperate, death-inviting battle... My baptism by fire...As my whole body tingles with excitement, I observe my own exhilaration; as I grit my teeth, I break into a grin.

A sailor near me is felled by shrapnel. In the midst of the overwhelming noise, I distinguish the sound of his skull striking the bulkhead; amid the smell of gunpowder all around, I smell blood.

Yoshida Mitsuru, "Requiem for Battleship Yamato"

As the Yamato Task Force had no CAP (air cover) of its own, the American bombers were free to line up methodically at 20,000 feet directly above the ship - then they dove inside a narrow vertical "cone" of space where Yamato's anti aircraft guns could not fire, dropping bombs and simultaneously firing all of their wing rockets while emptying their .50 cal machine guns all at the same time on the way down, according to Lt Edward Siebert, one of the first two pilots to score two direct bomb hits on the aft portion on the ship.