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)

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING NAVIGATION INSTRUCTIONS FIRST:

INDEX PAGE LINKS ARE LOCATED ABOVE THE INDEX PHOTOS ON LEFT. TO SEE INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS, CLICK ON EACH THUMBNAIL, THEN CLICK AGAIN ON THE ENLARGED PHOTO IN THE LOWER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THIS PAGE AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

NOTE: TO LEARN ABOUT YAMATO'S EFFECTIVENESS IN BATTLE, READ ROBERT LUNDGREN'S SEMINAL WORK ON THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF: AMAZON PAGE:

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

YAMATO SHIRTS, POSTERS, MUGS, CAPS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE YAMATO ZAZZLE STORE:

BATTLESHIP YAMATO ZAZZLE STORE

All of the archive photos in this gallery were obtained by various researchers from the National Archives of the United States, and the US Navy Archives, and are in the Public Domain.

LINKS:

These will be of interest to all Yamato, Musashi, IJN, & warship fans:

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

For a serious historical Pacific War discussion site, run by renowned historian Anthony Tully, co-author of "Shattered Sword - The Untold Story of The Battle of Midway", go here:

TULLY'S PORT

Finally, there are 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.)

A good reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945 can be found at:

1:200 YAMATO MODEL

This site is a member of WebRing.
To browse visit Here.

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Yamato Entering Truk Harbor, 1943 
 
Note the deck details (particularly the rear crane and flightdeck, with one aircraft dolly clearly visible. A splotch on the negative partly blocks the view of the flight catapult).

Note the crew lined up on decks.

Also note weathering alongside the hull. Because Yamato was the flagship of the IJN, she was re-painted every time she spent a few months in port at Kure.

Please click on the "View Full-Size Image" as this photo is truly HUGE and with TONS of detail! I worked for days to clean it up and digitally enhance it. I spliced it together from three separate ultra-large photos of three different sections of the ship.

It just may be one of the most informative and valuable Yamato photos in existence.

Many thanks to Doug Hallet of SteelNavy.com who sent me the following note:

The ship appears to be entering port. The anchors are up and the flag is not flying from the stern/bow. There is some wake along the waterline. The casual scattering and increased presence of crewmen would suggest to me that they are taking in the sights as the ship heads for its assigned anchor spot. This would probably explain why the occasion grabbed someone's attention enough to take a snapshot from one of the other ships.