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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Yamato

The Japanese battleship Yamato and her sister ship, the Musashi, were the largest battleships ever built. She displaced 72.8 tons at full load and bore the largest naval guns ever mounted to a ship at 18.1 inches (previous record was 18 inch guns. Shows the spirit of one-ups-man-ship some military designers have.) Due to the vast amount of resources that go into maintaining a battleship and the relative firepower advantage of aircrafter carriers demonstrated in WW2, most countries have ceased production of these mammoth warships.
  By the end of WW2 both were destroyed, and likely ships of their kind won't be built again anytime soon. Until cannon technology (ie railgun tech) improves significantly, the value of these titans is minimal.
 

11 comments:

  1. brilliant info. i have always been interested in WWII things. hope to see more like this :)

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  2. Very impressive what a focused group of people can accomplish.

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  3. That's pretty cool, bet that thing could do some SERIOUS damage.

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  4. I always thought the Dreadnaughts were the biggest ships, turns out they were only the strongest (and even that probably only during the WWII).

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  5. I guess an investment as big as that could so easily be destroyed by a single torpedo. In effect to protect a big ship like that you need lots of smaller ships to surround it.

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  6. Always loved Battleships and the Yamato is no difference, if she had been built just a tad earlier she could have really wrecked everything but alas the age of iron monstrosities was in decline and she never got to really show her potential.

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  7. a ship that size is a catch 22

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  8. I really liked Japan's war technology in WW2. They really had a fast paced development for their short appearance in that war.

    Sad they lost so horribly

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