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Yamato and its task force, designated the Surface Special Attack Force, departed Tokuyama, Japan on April 6, proceeding due south to transit the Bungo Strait. It was like a tactical nuclear weapon going off.

The invasion of Okinawa began on April 1, 1945. To the USN there was nothing special about Yamato at the time, it was just another IJN battleship and her true specifications were unknown despite rumors. The extremely large number of antiaircraft guns, added during a refit, were meant to keep the ship afloat in the face of American air power until it could close within striking range of enemy ships. If ignored the Yamato would have attacked the ships off Okinawa supporting the amphibious operation then beached itself to serve as a giant bunker until it's likely turned into a scrap heap by B-24s and B-29s dropping the heaviest bombs they can carry on it. Essex is 19 feet shorter than Yamato. The sighting report was pushed up the chain of command. As the Yamato started to go down, U.S. naval aviators changed tactics. 4: Factual error; Musashi was sunk on Oct. 23, 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea. They should capture or ignore her rather than sinking her during the battle (no matter if Yamato's captain Seichi Ito offers a surrender to the US Navy). Operation Ten-Go never should have happened. It was unnecessarily big, cost 15-18x the fuel as a destroyer or light cruiser, and did f- all the entire war except suck up resources.

At 0800 hours on April 7, scout planes from Admiral Mitscher’s Fast Carrier Force, or Task Force 58, located Yamato, still only halfway to Okinawa. The explosion also reportedly destroyed several American airplanes observing the sinking. 7, 1945 south of Kyushu. Midway is nearly 100 feet longer than Yamato. It was a humiliating end for a battleship capable of twenty-seven knots, but the lack of fuel and other military resources made for truly desperate times. 839 feet at the waterline and weighing seventy thousand tons fully loaded, Yamato was the largest ship of the war, eclipsed only by postwar American aircraft carriers. Expecting the US to show mercy to a ship whose orders were to kill as many Americans as physically possible is just as fictitious as  the prospect of winning the war at all.


Do you board a ship with over 2000 sailors on board? I think maybe they should have saved the Nagato or the Prinz, but as for the Yam... Did you think the United States was going to allow a such a powerful (and dangerous) status symbol like Yamato to survive after what the Japanese did to the American Navy at Pearl Harbor? It was clear that the age of the aircraft carrier had already superseded the battleship, but the insistence of battleship-minded general officers to cling to obsolete military technology undermined Japan’s conduct of the war and sent thousands of Japanese sailors needlessly to their deaths. Gone with the great battleship were 2,498 of its 2,700-person crew. In my home office with a sign on the door, mainly directed to the wife, Dont Bug Me!

Yamato was still an active belligerent when she was sunk, so it definitely wasn't practical to save her. Key point: This class of battleship was the largest ever made. 大和型戦艦; Yamato-gata senkan) war eine Klasse von fünf Schlachtschiffen der japanischen Marine, von denen aber nur die ersten beiden, die Yamato und die Musashi, tatsächlich als Schlachtschiffe in Dienst gestellt und im Pazifikkrieg eingesetzt wurden. Masa Ogawa Artistic Director „Die Menschen erwartet das kraftvolle und energiegeladene Taikospiel, für das YAMATO seit … Unfortunately for Yamato and its crew, it was obsolete by the time it was launched in 1941. Yamato took two hits during this attack, two bombs and one torpedo, and air attacks claimed two escorting destroyers. As for the possibility of them surrendering, not very likely given the IJA's and IJN's behavior throughout the entire war. A total of 2,498 men had been lost aboard Yamato, 446 from Yahagi, and a further 721 from the destroyers.

Now maybe you could argue that a surface task force of six USN fast battleships and a whole lot of cruisers and destroyers should have been given the go-ahead to sink the Yamato and escorts instead of several carriers worth of airpower being given the job but it might have gotten more US servicemen killed. For two hours, the Surface Special Attack Force was subjected to a merciless aerial bombardment. The Yamato is an excellent example of the air of superiority the Japanese felt during WW2. The island was just 160 miles from the the mainland city of Kagoshima, coincidentally the birthplace of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Mitscher launched a massive strike force of 280 fighters, bombers and torpedo planes, and the fight was on. The air wings of eleven fleet carriers joined in the attack—so many planes were in the air above Yamato that the fear of midair collision was real. The 'ultimate revenge' for Peral Harbor had happened by then, first when all the carriers used in the attack were sunk and then when the battleships damaged there participated in Surigao Strait.

Yamato had taken ten torpedo and seven bomb hits, and was hurting badly. 2: The Escorts were of absolutely no threat. So to avenge the flagship you sink the enemy's flagship, It was unnecessarily big, cost 15-18x the fuel as a destroyer or light cruiser, and did f- all the entire war except suck up resources. By approximately 1420 hours it was all over; Yamato had capsized to port and exploded.

Allied naval forces in and around Okinawa were the obvious target, and the massive fleet braced itself accordingly. Sinking it was the best thing to ever happen. But that was somewhat irrelevant as the aircraft carrier was the new king of the seas by that point.

Benannt war es nach der früheren Provinz Okinawa, the largest island in the Ryukyu island chain was the last bastion before the Home Islands itself. Ten-Go was a suicide mission. When it was all over, the Surface Special Attack Force had been almost completely destroyed. And what ships it built. Guess I need to start reading up. Links From Related Partner SitesWW2DB article on Okinawa Campaign, See all 222 photos of Okinawa Campaign on WW2DB, Map of the Philippine Sea from Japan to the Carolines, FG-1D Corsairs of Marine Squadron VMF-323 flying over Okinawa, Japan, 1945, Map of major Pacific War engagements, 1942-1945, View of a devastated area on Okinawa, Japan, 1945, Japanese officers Rear Adm. Minoru Ota, Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima, Lt. Gen. Isamu Cho, Col. Hitoshi Kanayama, Col. Kiuji Hongo, and Col. Hiromichi Yahara, in numbered order, Okinawa, early Feb 1945, Aerial photograph taken during bombing of a Japanese forward submarine base on Okinawa, Japan, Mar 1945, Ships making smoke screen off Iwo Jima per original caption, but appearance of battleship Colorado or Maryland in a photo of this set indicate it might have been Okinawa; circa 1945, photo 1 of 2, Ships making smoke screen off Iwo Jima per original caption, but appearance of battleship Colorado or Maryland in a photo of this set indicate it might have been Okinawa; circa 1945, photo 2 of 2, Vice Admiral Richmond Turner aboard USS Eldorado off Ryukyu Islands, Japan, Mar 1945.

In early 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy made a difficult decision: it would sacrifice the largest, most powerful battleships ever built to protect Okinawa, the gateway to Japan’s Home Islands. Game date was early October 25th 1944.

The explosion also reportedly destroyed several American airplanes observing the sinking. 1: The US hated Japan for the duration of the war. A second aerial armada consisting of one hundred aircraft pressed the attack. The US already has ten fast battleships and two more incomplete and under construction back in the US. From August 42 to May 43 it spent a grand total of 1 day outside Truk's lagoon. It was a needless waste of men and materials with no conditions for victory.
They should capture or ignore her rather than sinking her during the battle (no matter if Yamato's captain Seichi Ito offers a surrender to the US Navy). If even I could see that with my emotional attachment to Yamato.... Why cant you? Japan is to be almost completely disarmed and the USN doesn't need another battleship. Sinking it was the best thing to ever happen.

Yamato would then beach, becoming coastal artillery. The decision sealed the fate of the battleship Yamato and its crew, but ironically did nothing to actually protect the island from Allied invasion.

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Before USN forces could capture the ship. On Comms. The battleship Yamato was among the largest and most powerful battleships of all time. (Remember, the US lost 10 planes and 12 men sinking Yamato out of more than 300 aircraft) There is no logical reason to do this.
Later, a navigation officer on one of Japan’s surviving destroyers calculated that the “pillar of fire reached a height of 2,000 meters, that the mushroom-shaped cloud rose to a height of 6,000 meters.” The flash from the explosion that was Yamato’s death knell was seen as far away as Kagoshima on the Japanese mainland. The entire operation would have seen the ship beached and fight till she was destroyed. To be captured was a great dishonour, to be the guy that let Yamato be captured, the level would be unspeakable. Yamato and its escorts were duly observed by the submarines, but the subs were unable attack due to the task force’s high rate of speed and zigzagging tactics. Can you even begin to estimate the potential casualties from such an attempt? You serious? Capturing the ship would be unnecessarily expensive (she was a gas guzzler that makes Ram Trucks blush) and a waste of men and materials. Maybe the Japanese themselves could have saved the ship until surrender like they managed to save Nagato and in the process not throw away a few thousand lives, but Imperial Japan was fanatical like that. In Verbindung mit den farbenprächtigen Kostümen und Effekten wird daraus ein atemberaubendes Fest für alle Sinne.

Japan had kept is top secret to her own citizens and the US didn't even know what she was armed with or what her tonnage was, all the US saw was a fleet headed to Okinawa to get more people killed. The Japanese Navy was effectively kaput. Don't forget, Yamato was (and still is) a huge symbol of national price for that country.

I think maybe they should have saved the Nagato or the Prinz. In 2009 he cofounded the defense and security blog Japan Security Watch. Don't get mad at the US Navy for sinking Yamato. Sending her to the bottom was just one more emphatic statement to the Emperor and the people of Japan that their fate would soon be sealed. That's what I'm saying... Nagato and Prinz both survived the war, so it may have been practical to save them (even though the US didn't). It would have been just as cruel to sink them, have them then cling to Yamato to live, only for it to later die on Okinawa, assuming the US let her get there. You need to play a total of 20 battles to post in this section.

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