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WELCOME TO THE INTERNET'S YAMATO & MUSASHI BATTLESHIP PHOTO ARCHIVE!
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FLASH! MARCH 2 2015: WRECK OF BATTLESHIP MUSASHI IS FOUND BY PAUL ALLEN'S EXPEDITION! LINK TO MUSASHI EXPEDITION WEBSITE:
FLASH! JUNE 5, 2014 : ROBERT LUNDGREN'S SEMINAL WORK ON THE BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF JUST RELEASED IN HARDCOVER! LINK TO AMAZON PAGE:
YAMATO SHIRTS, POSTERS, MUGS, CAPS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE 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.
These will be of interest to all Yamato, Musashi, IJN, & warship fans:
THE ROBERT LUNDGREN HISTORICAL RESOURCE 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: Finally, there are 3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast: A good reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945 can be found at:
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:
Finally, there are 3 indispensable books for any Yamato enthusiast:
A good reconstruction of Yamato as she appeared during her Final Sortie in April 1945 can be found at:
A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS ON YAMATO - PART III:
Almost all Japanese photos of Battleship Yamato were destroyed in the wholesale burning of military archives after Japan's capitulation (but before the US forces came ashore).
As a result, there has been a fascination among Yamato fans as to exactly what the ship looked like during the different stages of the war. As you will see, she - and her sister ship, Musashi - went through at least 3 different deck and gun configuration phases between 1941 and 1945.
Please note, however, that there undoubtedly are a few other obscure archival photos of the Yamato in action (almost all taken by the US Navy planes that tried, and ultimately succeeded, in sinking her). If you happen to have an archival photo of Yamato or Musashi that is not on this website, I humbly ask you to leave me a comment with your email address and I will get back to you.
The photos in this album are basically arranged in chronological order, and are accompanied by text describing when and where they were taken, their significance, (if known).
Colorized photo courtesy of Irootoko Jr.