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Naval Legends: Yamato | World of Warships

They were designed to be the best… they met enemies face to face, endured tragedies and enjoyed victories… they went down in history due to the bravery of their crews… they are the ships that deserve to be called “Naval Legends!” In this episode, watch Yamato Life and Death of the Legendary Battleship. By spring 1945, it became clear that only a miracle
could save Japan from defeat in World War II. The Land of the Rising Sun had lost
virtually all its naval and air forces, and US troops were already landing on the Japanese islands. On the morning of April 6, Japan’s legendary
battleship Yamato sailed off to fight her last battle. The last bit of hope the Japanese possessed rested with this steel giant – the largest
and most powerful battleship of the time. That naval operation in the Pacific,
dubbed Ten-ichi-go (Heaven One), was a dangerous mission.
But the faith in Yamato was almost religious, and the Japanese believed luck would
go hand in hand with the ship. The history of battleship Yamato
began 10 years before the ship’s legendary last mission. In October 1935, Japanese engineers put together
a first draft of the famous naval giant. Unlike the Americans, whose ships were limited
to a size that could pass through the Panama Canal nothing restricted the Japanese from
building ships of a large size and displacement and arming them as heavily as possible. Japanese designers set out to make battleships powerful
enough to outmatch all existing foreign counterparts and any ships that would be built in the upcoming years. The production facilities behind me were the Kure
Naval Arsenal in those days. Its dockyard saw the birth of battleship Yamato . Her keel was laid in 1937, and the ship was completed 1941. Yamato was the heaviest battleship in the world. Back then,
the total construction expenses amounted to 130 million yen. That would be over 1 trillion yen
($8 billion) in today’s prices. Initially Japan planned to build
a total of four Yamato-class ships. However, the Pacific War began,
and after completing the second ship, Musashi, Japan stopped building the third ship, Shinano, and never started the fourth one. Eventually, Shinano was converted to an aircraft carrier. Yamato is the ancient name for Japan,
meaning “great harmony.” Strict secrecy was maintained throughout her construction:
a high fence of mats surrounded the dockyard, all engineers swore a solemn oath of non-disclosure, and the workers going in and out were compared
with their photos. Japanese shipbuilders certainly had something big to hide… Total displacement: 72,808 t Length: 263 m Beam: 38.9 m Draft: 10.8 m Armament
Main battery Three turrets each having three 40-SK Mod. 94 guns Caliber: 460 mm Secondary battery Two turrets each having three Type 3 guns
Caliber: 155 mm Anti-aircraft artillery Twelve coaxial Type 89 guns
Caliber: 127 mm Fifty triple-barrel and two single-barrel
Type 96 automatic cannons. Caliber: 25 mm Air group
7 seaplanes (reconnaissance planes and spotting aircraft). Armor
Main belt: 270–410 mm Main turrets: 190–650 mm Conning tower: 300–500 mm Power plant 4 Kampon turbines and 12 Kampon RO boilers Power: 154,000 shp Maximum speed: over 27 knots Operational range: 7,200 nautical miles at 16 knots Yamato’s key features are her main turrets,
each having three 460-mm guns. The guns could fire shells weighing almost 1.5 tons
with a muzzle speed of 790 meters per second. A gun turret, including the barbette, weighed 3,000 tons.
It could contain over 150 men. Yamato’s main turrets were guided by a fire control system,
consisting of a director that provided parameters of fire, range-finders, and electromechanical calculators
(a form of early computers). It was a state-of-the-art system for the time: lack of fire control radars for engaging surface targets
was compensated for by top-notch grouping of salvoes. This gave the Japanese firing capability
on par with that of the world’s leading navies. The ship’s secondary battery consisted of two turrets,
each having three 155-mm guns. The guns featured excellent ballistic characteristics
and could penetrate the armor of a typical cruiser; however, their rate of fire was pretty low. When commissioned, Yamato had six coaxial
127-mm anti-aircraft guns for long-range engagement, plus short-range anti-aircraft artillery
consisted of eight triple-barrel 25-mm cannons. The number of AA guns was constantly
built up during the war. The 127-mm anti-aircraft guns
and the 25-mm guns had different ranges of fire. So if an enemy aircraft flew into this gap,
neither of the guns was able to effectively intercept it. Furthermore, the 127-mm guns had relatively low traverse
speed and poor elevation and depression characteristics. They also failed to fire at the declared rate
of 14 rounds per minute if the elevation was high or low. Yamato enjoyed the heaviest armor
in shipbuilding history – its US analog, battleship Iowa had armor that was on average 100 mm thinner. The armor belt of the Japanese giant formed a citadel
that covered slightly over half of her waterline length. The most protected part was the ship’s conning tower… The weapon systems became literally giant. The Japanese built a superbattleship
that was like 10 or 15 others put together. But the problem was that it did not pay off. You can build one Yamato-class battleship, but she would still be destroyed
when facing 2, 3, or 10 US battleships. There are still such characteristics as mobility,
quantity, quality, salvoes per side… Yamato was commissioned in late 1941. In her first mission, the Battle of Midway, Yamato served
as the flagship of the Japanese Combined Fleet. During the battle, on June 4 through 6, 1942, Yamato did not fire a single shot
and was used only as an HQ ship. The Japanese military command was definitely
saving their two best battleships for an upcoming major battle against the US fleet. As a result, Japanese seamen
started to feel disappointed with their flagship. They even made up a saying that the world’s three
most useless things were China’s Great Wall, the Egyptian pyramids,
and battleship Yamato . It was not until autumn 1944
that the Japanese naval giant fought its first real battle. Together with her sister ship Musashi, Yamato attacked
US landing craft near the island of Leyte. In that battle, Yamato was only slightly damaged, demonstrated her power, and recovered the status
of an unsinkable giant. However, the situation in the Pacific theater
had changed by that time… Progress in military technology basically
follows the laws of philosophy. When making a new weapon system, designers
and the military usually seek to enhance its specifications: bigger caliber, thicker armor, etc. Then they come to a dead end,
where they are no longer developing the navy, but improving a separate weapon type
within the existing limits. A radical change is carrier-borne aviation and,
later, missile systems. Yamato is the peak,
the peak in the construction of battleships. It is not about progress, it is about reaching the peak. In 1945, World War II reached Japan’s home islands. The command of the Japanese Combined Fleet
made a Bushido-style decision: Yamato, with the help of a light cruiser
and eight destroyers, was to defend the island of Okinawa
and prevent the US troops from getting any further inland, or fight to the end and finish her journey gloriously. Executing this order, on April 6, 1945, the legendary Japanese battleship
sailed off to fight her last battle…. The United States sent its Task Force 58
to intercept the flagship of the Japanese Combined Fleet. The Americans would not miss the chance
to destroy the symbol of Japan’s naval power. As early as at 10 a.m., the first US squadrons took off
from five heavy and four light aircraft carriers, located about 300 miles away from Yamato. A total of 227 aircraft took part
in the destruction of the Japanese force. The battle began at 12:34. Four aerial bombs hit Yamato, taking out a 127-mm gun and several automatic cannons. In just 20 minutes, two more bombs struck the battleship,
and a torpedo hit her port side. In response, Yamato fired her anti-aircraft weapons. At 14:02, the Americans launched the last attack
on the wounded, but still combat capable, Yamato… It was a demonstrative execution: four torpedoes
(three to the port side and one to the starboard side) destroyed the ship’s damage control center. Yamato stopped moving and started listing
to port more and more every minute… and when this huge ship capsized,
a monstrous explosion erupted. The pride and hope of the Japanese fleet went under. Together with the ship, 3,000 crew members were lost, including the commanders of the Japanese force and the ship. For the Japanese, Yamato still remains a symbol of the nation’s might
that fell in battle like a true samurai. The city where the legendary battleship was built
opened a museum, whose centerpiece is an 26-meter model of Yamato . The Kure Municipal Museum of Naval History
and Science was built 10 years ago to preserve the rich naval tradition of the city. Now it is known as the Yamato Museum. The exhibits reflect the naval history of Kure; in other words, the history
of naval affairs and technologies. The museum has become quite popular. Fans of battleships come here from all over the country. However, we should remember that it was originally dedicated
to all kinds of shipbuilding. The violent explosion that finished the
destruction of Yamato was caused by the detonation of her main battery magazines. However, there is plenty of debate about
the reason for that tremendous explosion. The answer is probably hidden on the bottom of the ocean: so far researchers have been unable
to lift what is left from the giant battleship… It is true that Yamato had a number of drawbacks. Like her sister ship, Musashi,
the battleship was sunk as a result of air strikes. The key reason for that was the ships’ fundamental lack
of ability to resist massive air attacks. Yamato remains the largest and
most powerful battleship in history. For every person who takes interest
in the history of military ships, Yamato embodies military might. Born to terrify and crush enemies, this formidable steel giant managed to glorify
her name even as she was defeated. She represented a pinnacle in large battleship design,
one that will probably never be surpassed, and in that sense, Yamato will always remain a symbol and a legend.

100 thoughts on Naval Legends: Yamato | World of Warships

  1. My father tried to explain how powerful a force ships are, mobile artillery platforms capable of firing enormous shells beyond the horizon.
    Mind boggling and gruesome.

  2. Horrible.
    Isn’t that super tall tower vulnerable sticking up like that? Also make the ship unbalanced, easy to tip over cause it’s top heavy?

  3. Well, JAPAN are of the most feared country in this world. Luckily JAPAN are not allowed by the UN to have nukes. Watch out China. JAPAN might rise again.

  4. When my grandparents had narrated to me the cruelty of the Japanese soldiers in the Philippines during WW2, I can't say that the Japanese we're fighting for a good cause. They had no mercy even to the very young children and the women at the time of their occupation.
    My grannies said that the Americans were the good people during the war.

  5. The Japanese were the cruellest, the meanest and the worst kind of military during the World War II. I have nothing against present day Japan but they treated their enemies in the most inhuman way.

  6. Troublous Times Soon to ComeLDE 12The time of trouble, which is to increase until the end, is very near at hand. We have no time to lose. The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecies of the eleventh of Daniel have almost reached their final fulfillment. – The Review and Herald, November 24, 1904.The time of trouble – trouble such as was not since there was a nation Daniel 12:1 – is right upon us, and we are like the sleeping virgins. We are to awake and ask the Lord Jesus to place underneath us His everlasting arms, and carry us through the time of trial before us. – Manuscript Releases 3:305 (1906).The world is becoming more and more lawless. Soon great trouble will arise among the nations – trouble that will not cease until Jesus comes. – The Review and Herald, February 11, 1904.We are on the very verge of the time of trouble, and perplexities that are scarcely dreamed of are before us. – Testimonies for the Church 9:43 (1909).We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another – fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed. – Prophets and Kings, 278 LDE 12 – LDE 12.5

  7. Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood. It is his object to incite the nations to war against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God.Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer. But the Christian world have shown contempt for the law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would – He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His law and teaching and forcing others to do the same. Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them. HB 344.2 – HB 344.3

  8. 大和は遅すぎた。真珠湾奇襲の時点で戦艦は不要、空母船団しか作らない、と決めるべきだったろうが、何をしても連合軍に敵うわけはなかったね。

  9. Oh Was there such a game?
    but Why the Rising sun flag not used with Yamato?
    There are people who oppose the Rising sun flag to destroy the Japan-US alliance, but will this company agree with its political behavior?
    If so It will be a social problem, if the game is being used for their political propaganda.

  10. Yamato and Musashi is most beatiful ship in the world.

  11. America was to over whelming for the yamato.japan woke up the sleeping gaint and the gaint battle ship Yamato along with her sister ship went down god bless there souls.

  12. FX Đức trên bờ thì đại pháo, xe tăng bất bại. Nhật thì Yamato càn quét đại dương.. giá kể… Haizzz!

  13. I wonder how the war would have gone if Japan and the Nazis put the yamato the musashi and the Bismarck in one battle group.

  14. Sometimes I wonder how Yamato would fare if she did go up against other battleships.
    13:51-It was said that Yamato's explosion was so big that it could be seen from Japan.

  15. I love Japanese people, and respect their culture, when they are truthful…When they fill young heads with historical lies, I don't like them so much. I imagine the propaganda problem is not just one way…god knows what we have been taught in the West. One thing is clear to me is that, although obsolete due to carriers, the Yamato class are completely awesome. Respect.

  16. What about a pokemon style battle

    Task force 58 has challenged you to a duel……

    Task force 58 used plane swarm….

    Go Yamato!!!

    Yamato used anti aircraft defences…

    It wasn't very effective…

    Plane swarm used F6F hellcats…

    Yamato anti aircraft defences'effectiveness has been decresed…

    Yamato used bee hive shells…

    It wasn't very effective…

    Plane swarm used concentrated torpedo strikes…

    Its very effective!!!

    Yamoto used counter flooding…

    Yamoto speed decreased,health increased

    Plane swarm used combined strikes

    Its SUPER effective!!!

    Yamato is sunk..


  17. The mightiest ship to ever sail the seas. If only its glory was used for peace, and not for war. We simply could have created a military Olympics as in sports. How much blood could have been spared from watering the earth and sea. But, as it is written: tyrants never willingly step down. They must always be forcibly removed. Hence, the coming of Christ!

  18. The huge ships were meant to be powerbrokers in strategic areas …. so the enemy won't risk getting close. They required lots of supporting ships around to be really safe.
    Japanese Navy was already in ruins. There wasn't enough support battleships, cruisers and frigates around to fight aerial attack or cover ship against torpedoes.
    So Yamato did end in hail of bombs and torpedoes just like isolated Bismarck.

  19. There were three hulls started, the third finished as aircraft carrier. I have not heard anything about he sister, the aircraft carrier!

  20. I did some research and that was wrong they planned to build five Yamato class battleships they built to Yamato class battleships and converted the third one to an aircraft carrier the last two were never made.

  21. The USS Washington and the USS South Dakota crossed the T, in a night fight with the Japanese navy….. “ STAND ASIDE, I’M COMING THROUGH “ ….
    USS Washington (BB-56)
    The eighth Washington (BB-56) was laid down on 14 June 1938, commissioned 15 May 1941 and on her shakedown cruise during Pearl Harbor. Initially served in European waters and reached Pacific combat area 12 Sept 1942. On the night of 14 November with sistership South Dakota (BB-57) in the second night fight of the Naval Battle of Guardalcanal, intecepted Japanese force and engaged in first battleship-to-battlehip fight. Aided by radar, Washington crippled Kirishima which was scuttled that morning. Washington earned 13 battle stars during World War II.

  22. The Yamato goes out with surface ships, not a single carrier. The Americans send carriers not battleships to engage. This is how bad the Japanese navy had been destroyed at this stage of the war. The battleship was lost as soon as it left on it's mission. I am just wondering how long it might of been able to fight off the attacks if they had the proximity fuse for there anti aircraft guns.

  23. To see the result of what they built is the driving motivation behind all building: joy in art, a form of uncontrollable awe.

  24. Yamato did not make an impact or contribution to the Japanese Empire's cause. It was the era of aircraft carriers that change the course of WW2 in the Pacific.

  25. yeah i really need yomato because i been grinding for years but its to much work because of school so can i have it for free please

  26. The ultimate irony of the Yamato was that in the year it assumed combat duties, it was made obsolete by Japan's own hand when it attacked Pearl Harbor and British Task Force Z sinking several battleships with carrier based planes.

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  28. I wonder, if a second version of a Yamato class battleship were to be built for whatever reason, what changes can be made to make it the ship the Japanese always wanted to make at WWII?

  29. Like the video not this comment if you love the Yamato because she along with the Bismarck and the Iowa will go down in history as the greatest battleships in history.

  30. Just think it is only by chance that the character Sulu (George Takei) the helmsman serving aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek is fictional. In reality Takei really did serve and the U.S.S. Enterprise was just a matter of miles away.

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