View Full Version : Battleship Yamato Photo's - Bring on SH4!

02-04-2007, 02:21 PM
I don't know about you guys, but with SH4 nearly with us I've started researching the IJN and it's big ships. I came across these pictures of the Yamato...Can't wait to see it in SH4!

Yamato, lead ship of a class of two 65,000-ton (over 72,800-tons at full load) battleships, was built at Kure, Japan. She and her sister, Musashi were by far the largest battleships ever built, even exceeding in size and gun caliber (though not in weight of broadside) the U.S. Navy's abortive Montana class. Their nine 460mm (18.1-inch) main battery guns, which fired 1460kg (3200 pound) armor piercing shells, were the largest battleship guns ever to go to sea, and the two ships' scale of armor protection was also unsurpassed.

Commissioned in December 1941, just over a week after the start of the Pacific war, Yamato served as flagship of Combined Fleet commander Isoroku Yamamoto during the critical battles of 1942. During the following year, she spent most of her time at Truk, as part of a mobile naval force defending Japan's Centeral Pacific bases. Torpedoed by USS Skate (SS-305) in December 1943, Yamato was under repair until April 1944, during which time her anti-aircraft battery was considerably increased. She then took part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in June and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October. During the latter action, she was attacked several times by U.S. Navy aircraft, and fired her big guns in an engagement with U.S. escort carriers and destroyers off the island of Samar.

Yamato received comparatively light damage during the Leyte Gulf battle, and was sent home in November 1944. Fitted with additional anti-aircraft machine guns, she was based in Japan during the winter of 1944-45. Attacked by U.S. Navy carrier planes in March 1945, during raids on the Japanese home islands, she was again only lightly damaged. The following month, she was assigned to take part in the suicidal "Ten-Go" Operation, a combined air and sea effort to destroy American naval forces supporting the invasion of Okinawa. On 7 April 1945, while still some 200 miles north of Okinawa, Yamato was attacked by a massive force of U.S. carrier planes and sunk.

After the war, the great battleship became an object of intense fascination in Japan, as well as in foreign countries. Yamato's remains were located and examined in 1985 and again examined, more precisely, in 1999. She lies in two main parts in some 1000 feet of water. Her bow portion, severed from the rest of the ship in the vicinity of the second main battery turret, is upright. The midships and stern section is upside down nearby, with a large hole in the lower starboard side close to the after magazines.

Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944
Japanese battleship Yamato (lower center) and other ships maneuver while under attack by U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft in the Sibuyan Sea.
The shadow of one plane is visible on a cloud in lower right center.

Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944
Japanese battleship Yamato in action with U.S. carrier planes, as she transited the Sibuyan Sea.

Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944
Japanese battleship Yamato is hit by a bomb near her forward 460mm gun turret, during attacks by U.S. carrier planes as she transited the Sibuyan Sea.This hit did not produce serious damage.

Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, 24 October 1944
A Japanese battleship (at left--either Yamato or Musashi) and other warships maneuver while under attack by U.S. carrier planes in the Sibuyan Sea. Ship in lower left and the two at the extreme right are heavy cruisers.

Carrier Raids on Japan, March 1945
Japanese battleship Yamato maneuvers while under heavy air attack by Task Force 58 planes in the Inland Sea, 19 March 1945. She was not seriously damaged in these attacks.
Photographed from a USS Hornet (CV-12) plane.

"Ten-Go" Operation, April 1945
Japanese battleship Yamato blows up after receiving massive bomb and torpedo damage from U.S. Navy carrier planes, north of Okinawa on 7 April 1945.
Three Japanese destroyers are nearby.

02-04-2007, 02:39 PM
mmmmm Yummmeh


looking forward to it.. not only were the Japanese big on larger ships.. they were also big on tougher more armor stacked hulls. Will be a challenge for sure if its ttl..

almost forgot about these as well.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kamakazi One manned torpedos.. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Special_Attack_Units)


I can only hope to be the honorable commander of a boat with this ones reputation..
Archer-Fish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Archer-Fish_%28SS-311%29)

"Not until after the end of the war did the Americans learn that Archer-Fish had sunk the still unfinished Shinano, a 59,000-ton Japanese aircraft carrier, the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine. Archer-Fish received the Presidential Unit Citation for this action. The patrol ended at Guam on 15 December after 48 days on station"

02-04-2007, 06:13 PM
Shinano, 59,000K, I can almost hear the drooling. Who'll be the first on the forum to head up to Tokyo bay and pick her off?

02-04-2007, 10:07 PM
I know you guys want submarine vs. submarine battles.
This worthy sub sank THREE subs. Nice website too with very interesting patrol reports.

USS BATFISH (http://www.ussbatfish.com/batfish-main.html)


02-05-2007, 09:26 AM
I knew she was big, but 46cm guns ? wow...

02-05-2007, 10:15 AM
Just FYI, Shinano was originally planned to be a third Yamato BB, but was converted to an Aircraft Carrier after Midway and the loss of the 4 main Fleet Carriers. Midway really was the death-knell for BBs as the main capital ship in more ways than one......

02-05-2007, 11:51 AM
Shinano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_aircraft_carrier_Shinano)

02-05-2007, 12:00 PM
Found a good source for IJN data...
This site has an interesting comparison of the big ones ( heavyweight contest (http://www.combinedfleet.com/baddest.htm) ).

02-05-2007, 01:07 PM
Originally posted by Minoos:
Found a good source for IJN data...
This site has an interesting comparison of the big ones ( heavyweight contest (http://www.combinedfleet.com/baddest.htm) ).

That's a cool link - Thanks Minoos!

02-05-2007, 02:32 PM
Further to Minoos' link, here's a link that might help us track down the Yamato at sea http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

IJN Yamato Tabular Record of Movements (http://www.combinedfleet.com/yamato.htm)

02-05-2007, 04:43 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Just think, guys, we get two of these ships to shoot at. The Musashi was the Yamato's sister ship. Below is link to the Musashi and her history. Look at what it took to sink her in the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea.

Musashi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Musashi)

There is a book out called "Battleship Musashi, The Making and Sinking of the World's Biggest Battleship" by Akira Yoshimura. It is a fascinating book and makes terrific reading.

In SH1 it takes at least 9 Mark XIVs to sink one of the Yamato class BBs. More if you are using the Mark XVIII-as (electric). Wonder what it will take in SH IV?

tambor198 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

02-06-2007, 07:47 AM
These are just the Dreadnaught class (drooling). There should be plenty of other battlships in the mix. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mr Smith

02-06-2007, 12:32 PM
NOW WERE ROCKIN! You guys are getting me all fired up. SH4 can't wait. Hope my Pops Ship is in the game. Jap Sub Killer as he would say.

02-07-2007, 12:22 PM
I wonder how many "I sunk the Yamato with a single torp! - broke her in half!" posts we'll get on the forum? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Still, I suspect they'll make great screenshots for the Screenshot Comp!