Yamato: could the most powerful ship in history to destroy the Soviet fleet

Another 31/12/19 Yamato: could the most powerful ship in history to destroy the Soviet fleet

At the beginning of world war II Japanese battleship Yamato was the most powerful the battleship in world history of a fighting Navy. From the moment of commissioning until the death of the super ship in an air RAID of the Americans in the East China sea in 1945, less than 5 years.

“Yamato” participated in the battles only with the U.S. Navy, carrier-based U.S. planes sunk and the superlinkorom, and fast, for 2 hours.

assuming that “Yamato”, in particular the development of events in the great Patriotic war, would be able to fight with the Soviet Navy, the consequences of these battles would be the most incredible.

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the Historian Vladimir Kofman, describing the tactical and technical features of this battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy, mentioned that he (the first) was commissioned in December 1941. Whereas all the flagships of the 3 participating in the great Patriotic war fleets of the Soviet Navy – Baltic, black sea and North were built before the October revolution.

For comparison: the thickness of the armored side of the sheets “Yamato” was 4.1 cm, while the flagship of the Baltic and the black sea fleet “Sevastopol” it was on the main belt just 2.2 see the power of the engine of the Japanese – 150 thousand HP, the “Sevastopol” – in 3,5 times less. Armament the Japanese also surpassed the potential Soviet opponents.

Kofman cites military experts of the Imperial Japanese Navy, which until 1944, at the end of all operations, which involved a battleship, ironically comparing it with the Egyptian pyramids and the great wall of China – say “Yamato” as large and as functionally useless: despite the unique combat characteristics, it itself “in all its glory” in a combat situation so with dignity and not shown.

the Prospects of fighting with Soviet vessels Sifflote

Yuri Apalkov in the reference book “warships of the Japanese fleet. Battleships and aircraft carriers,” wrote that the cruising range of “Yamato” was 7200 miles. Hypothetically, if even to imagine that the flagship of the Japanese Navy would be able to take part in the fighting in the waters of the USSR, he would have had to face considerable difficulties. Especially when you consider that removal from the main forces of the Navy, he became more vulnerable.

Soviet and Russian historian Vladimir Chelomin wrote that Sevflot, the main base which was located in Severomorsk, in comparison with the other two fleets of the Soviet Navy, which operated during the Second World war, suffered minimal losses. But in his history, among other military achievements, was submarine attack of the giant Kriegsmarine, as the battleship “Tirpitz” – the operation in 1942 was held by the commander of the submarine K-21 Nikolai Lunin. The result has been to take a German squadron consisting of a battleship, two heavy cruisers, 7 destroyers and two destroyers from the intended target of the attack (“Tirpitz” in 1944 in the Norwegian Bay sank the British bombers).

“Yamato” could be on the “Tirpitz”.

In General, the ships Sunflora during the war destroyed more than 200 combat ships of the enemy.

… the black sea fleet

According to the archives during the years of the great Patriotic war, the black sea military fleet lost 10 times fewer combat ships than sank and hurt himself. Mainly warships of the Soviet Navy destroyed the vessels of the small and very small displacement. The only PMCS light cruiser “Chervona Ukraina” was bombed by German aircraft in November 1941. Unlike the Yamato was attacked by over 200 American bombers, “Chervona Ukraine” permanently incapacitated for hitting two bombs.

the Flagship of the black sea fleet, the battleship “Sevastopol”, according to the materials of Alexey Tsarkov (magazine “Weapons”), mainly defended Sevastopol and the Kerch Strait, and so onmortal enemy target (including, and over a dozen Nazi tanks). In addition, during a combat outputs artillery “Sevastopol” was shot down 3 enemy aircraft.

… and the Baltic fleet

the Baltic fleet during the Great Patriotic war, mainly in defence of Leningrad. As the German historian Heinz Sean (Heinz Shön), “the main merit” of the Baltic fleet was sunk in 1945 by Soviet submarines three German transports – “William Gustloff”, “Goya” and “General Steuben”. Killed about 20 thousand people.

… the Soviet Union in World war II on objective data, not expecting a real threat from the Navy of Japan, so fighting fleet of the Soviet Union was based away from the sea of Okhotsk and the Bering sea. However, the Great Patriotic war has shown that in any, even the ultra-modern miracle of military equipment, there is a flaw, and it can be fatal.

the Historian of the Navy, Sergei Suliga, in the book “Japanese heavy cruiser” wrote that “Yamato”, which had the most powerful in the history of the great Patriotic war naval artillery, were powerless before the enemy bombers.

Nicholas Syromyatnikov

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