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The Yamato is the largest battleship ever built. When designed in 1936, due
to the political situation her construction was shrouded in secrecy. During World
War II however, Yamato remained very much an unexploited weapon. With the loss
of Iwo Jima in the spring of 1945, the Japanese Naval Command decided to commit
a last large naval offensive in an effort to avoid the imminent loss of Okinawa,
the closest major island to Japan.
On April 6, 1945, with nine support
ships, Yamato left the naval harbor of Kure with a crew of 3332. Many of them
were young men who were newly trained. On April 7, Yamato engaged the overwhelming
forces of the U.S. Naval Fleet which was supported by extensive carrier support.
The battle began at 12:37pm and Yamato foundered at 2:23pm. The surviving crew
consisted of 269 men, while 3,063 were lost. Among Yamato's escort force, an additional
1,187 men were lost.
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