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THE ROBERT LUNDGREN HISTORICAL RESOURCE Historian Anthony Tully, (co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway"), Forum: 3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast: Reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945:
Historian Anthony Tully, (co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway"), Forum:
3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast:
Reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945:
About 40 ships of "Center Force" would depart this day.
In the coming days the Imperial Japanese Navy would lose, in combat stretching across the Sibyan Sea and Leyte Gulf, all 4 remaining operational aircraft carriers, more than 400 planes, 3 battleships, 8 cruisers and 9 destroyers.
As a cohesive fighting force the Imperial Navy ceases to exist in October 1944.
Only Yamato, cruiser Yahagi, and 8 destroyers remained operational to take part in the suicidal "Operation Ten'ichigo" against Okinawa 6 months later in April 1945.
Yoshida notes that the name of this final special strike force sortie, translated roughly as "Operation Heaven Number 1" ('Ten' meaning 'Heaven"), probably came from a saying "A Heaven-sent opportunity to reverse one's fortunes".