World War II saw the two largest battleships ever built take to the sea – and, of course, our new Victory at Sea range of 1/1800 scale miniatures will reproduce them faithfully!
By a large margin, the Yamato and Musashi were the largest battleships ever built and were the product of advancing Japanese technology. They were twice the displacement of most Allied battleships and their 18 inch guns could out range anything in the Allied arsenal. It was the hope of the Imperial Japanese Navy that such characteristics would allow them to circumvent the Allies’ numerical superiority.
However, when war came, it soon became clear the submarine and, in particular, aircraft, had eroded the battleship’s role in the world.
The Musashi was lost during the Battle of Leyte Gulf (during which these two ships formed the core of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s fleet) while the Yamato was later sunk by 10 torpedoes and 23 bombs during a suicide run to Okinawa. A third ship, the Shinano, was completed as an aircraft carrier (the largest in the world at the time) rather than a battleship but was sunk by a US submarine during its maiden voyage.
Both of these ships, along with their sister, the converted Shinano support carrier, will be available early next year, along with a sizeable portion of the rest of the Imperial Japanese Navy!