Episode 105 – A Relic of Another Age

This week, we cover Japan’s doomed attempt to build an undefeatable battleship in a time when battleships were no longer really the key to naval victory. That’s right, it’s time for the IJN Yamato!

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Asada, Sadao. From Mahan to Pearl Harbor.

Evans, David C and Mark R. Peattie. Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics, and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy 1887-1941.

Yoshida, Mitsuru. Requiem for Battleship Yamato.

Images 

Japan's naval victories in the Russo-Japanese War (the one shown here is the Battle of Port Arthur) represented some of the first examples of modern warships going toe-to-toe.
Japan’s naval victories in the Russo-Japanese War (the one shown here is the Battle of Port Arthur) represented some of the first examples of modern warships going toe-to-toe.
The IJN Mikasa, flagship of the Japanese navy during the Battle of Tsushima. Japanese victory at Tsushima was taken as a vindication of a battleship-centric fleet by traditionalist naval leaders, but by the time of World War II such ideas were totally outmoded.
The IJN Mikasa, flagship of the Japanese navy during the Battle of Tsushima. Japanese victory at Tsushima was taken as a vindication of a battleship-centric fleet by traditionalist naval leaders, but by the time of World War II such ideas were totally outmoded.
The Yamato under construction, Fall 1941.
The Yamato under construction, Fall 1941.
The Yamato during her sea trials, December 1941.
The Yamato during her sea trials, December 1941.
The Yamato was attacked by American fighter-bombers en route to Okinawa and eventually sank after several hits. This American fighter camera shows the Yamato taking on water as she has started to sink.
The Yamato was attacked by American fighter-bombers en route to Okinawa and eventually sank after several hits. This American fighter camera shows the Yamato taking on water as she has started to sink.
The Yamato explodes during her sinking.
The Yamato explodes during her sinking.
The museum at the old Kure Naval Yards in Hiroshima has a scale replica of the Yamato.
The museum at the old Kure Naval Yards in Hiroshima has a scale replica of the Yamato.
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