Nine days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Navy commissioned the most powerful battleships to ever cross the World’s oceans, the Yamato class. In 1935, Japan began with the design of a new class of battleships after renouncing the Treaty of Washington that limited the size of its Navy. In July 1936, the “A-140 F5” design was approved and it was decided that four ships would be built, which would eventually be reduced to two, named Yamato and Musashi. The construction was carried out as secretly as possible and was a total success, because even in June 1945, with both ships sunk and the War ended, the Americans thought that they had been ships of 45,000 tons standard displacement armed with 406mm guns. Despite its magnitude and power, the Yamato class emerged when the “Battleships era” had already given way to the “Aircraft carriers era”, owners and lords of the seas thanks to the embarked aircrafts, decisive in practically all World War II’s Naval battles.
YAMATO class gallery and more info