Amazing view of the IJN Yamato battleship, the world's most powerful and largest battleship in history. 72,800 tons with 18.1" main guns capable of firing a 3,000 lb. shell over 26 miles!

Amazing view of the IJN Yamato battleship, the world's most powerful and largest battleship in history. tons with main guns capable of firing a lb. shell over 26 miles!

Bismarck, Iowa, Yamato

Left to Right: 15 in German battleship Bismarck tons full displacement), 16 in US battleship Iowa tons full displacement), 18 in Japanese battleship Yamato - tons full displacement): interesting comparison.

Japanese battleship Yamato under aerial attack. The battleship was the largest ever built at 73000 tons and carried 18 inch guns but at the time of its sinking it was part of a suicide fleet and on a suicide mission where the entire fleet was to run up on the beach and all the sailors were to attack American Marines on Okinawa. The fleet never even got close to its objective and was destroyed.

Japanese battleship Yamato under aerial attack. The battleship was the largest…

Yamato, named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. On 7 April 1945 she was sunk by American carrier-based bombers and torpedo bombers with the loss of most of her crew.

Yamato, lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. On 7 April 1945 she was sunk by American carrier-based bombers and torpedo bombers

BB Ship Comparisons: Bismarck vs. Yamato...

BB Ship Comparisons: Bismarck vs. Yamato...

72000 ton , 18 in super battleship Yamato leaving Kure naval base on 6 April 1945 on her last voyage: she was sunk by US naval aircraft during what was effectively a one way suicide mission.

72000 ton , 18 in super battleship Yamato leaving Kure naval base on 6 April 1945 on her last voyage: she was sunk by US naval aircraft during what was effectively a one way suicide mission.

Artificially coloured, this relatively unknown picture gives a good impression of the scale of 71000 ton, 18 in Japanese super-battleship Yamato - together with her sister Musashi, the largest such vessels ever built by a significant margin.  Musashi was sunk in October 1944 and Yamato in April 1945, both by sustained air attack.

71000 ton, 18 in Japanese super-battleship Yamato - together with her sister Musashi, the largest such vessels ever built Musashi was sunk in October 1944 and Yamato in April both by sustained air attack.

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