Flagship of the Japanese Imperial Navy

Daniel Knowles

1945: a mushroom cloud rises 20,000 feet into the sky. This is not from the bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It is the remains of the battleship ‘Yamato'. Representing the ambition and determination of Imperial Japan, the loss of the Yamato in a kamikaze operation in April 1945 has become a symbol of the downfall of the Imperial Japanese Empire.
Date Published :
March 2021
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
76 black & white
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781558140
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.76 X 6.77 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The ‘Yamato’ and her sister ship the ‘Musashi’ represented the ultimate development in the battleship. Together, the two ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed. Named after the Yamato Province, Yamato was designed to counter the numerically superior fleet of the US Navy. Built amongst a shroud of secrecy and deception and commissioned shortly after the outbreak of the war in the Pacific, she was present at a number of engagements including the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Despite having been designed to engage and sink enemy surface vessels, the Yamato would only fire her unrivaled 18.1 inch guns at an enemy surface target on one occasion, in October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In the final months of the war, as Kamikaze aircraft targeted American landing fleets off Okinawa, the Yamato herself embarked on a one way mission of sacrifice, in a last desperate roll of the dice in an attempt to wreak havoc on the landing forces around Okinawa, the last stepping stone prior to an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands. Despite being products of war from the moment of their construction the Yamato and Musashi occupied a unique place which continues to this day.

About The Author

DANIEL KNOWLES was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and has been interested in history since the age of eight. The main focus of his historical interest is the Second World War. In 2016 he graduated with an honours degree in History and Politics from the University of Northumbria. His dissertation was written on the changing perceptions to the wartime role played by RAF Bomber Command.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Naval Arms Race; 2 Anatomy of the Yamato-Class; 3 Ships of the Yamato-Class; 4 Battleship Number One; 5 Hotel ‘Yamato’; 6 The Hunter and the Hunted; 7 The Battle of Leyte Gulf; 8 Operation Ten-Gō; 9 ‘Will you take them or shall I?’; 10 Aftermath; 11 Intelligence on the ‘Yamato’; 12 The 1:10 ‘Yamato’; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.

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