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The last samurai by Jimmy-Limma1 The last samurai by Jimmy-Limma1
This is a art what I found in the internet. That picture show the battleship IJN Yamato, during the suicide Operation Ten-Go, on April 1945, near to Okinawa.

Artist unknown. If somebody known, please comment, do credit the autor of this art.
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice painting, even if she survived the war the US could've used it as a target for Atomic Testing.
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zagoreni010 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
i doubt they would use her in such brutal way, when i think that they sink Nagato that way, if only they preserve her, Nagato would be museum today,
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Seems like it as it would be causing awe and admiration even among the Americans, but I recall a conversation I had with my Uncle Bill (he was visiting for my brother's wedding and lives in Germany) that there was bad blood in the aftermath of WWII that saving it might've been unlikely.
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zagoreni010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
still it is not fair, Nagato was only surviving Japanese battleship, one bb cannot pose any kind of threat, they should return her to Japan (in 60s or 70s) US have all four Iowa and few more battleships as museums,

really shame none of Japs bbs survived, such shame, together with Yamato, Iowa, Bismarck and Lion, Nagato was one of best battleship classes on world.
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yamato would've been a terrifying sight for the communists during the Korea War.
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zagoreni010 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
indeed,
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Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013

perhaps last geisha. many considered her a floating hotel for the admiralty that did nothing for the war effort but consume fuel and man power.


beautiful job on the art

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PokemonLoverDude Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
AWESOME :D
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zagoreni010 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
magnificent picture, well done!,
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Lomablen Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I shall wait for the year 2199.
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Elite-Yamato360 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yamato!
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MegaMoonLiner Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"One of the best ships of the World", you say?!

This steel-hungry monster weighted almost as twice as any other senkan in the World!

Would have the DKM BISMARCK for breakfast and still voraciously eating the USS IOWA Class!
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human72 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
NIce very nice. but even the Yamato could not withstand the might of USS enterprise and the carrier fleet. especally when the planes on there were equiped to deal with the yamato.
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TheSpartanAceMe2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Might my ass. Trust me, if Enterprise was her target, the Big E would have sunk. No if ands or buts, she wouldn't have had a prayer. The Ten Go mission was a suicide mission. Everyone involved knew that. IF she made it, she would have been beached and never sailed again. But even the Japanese knew she wouldn't make it. Had she turned to engage the carrier force, it would have been destroyed but planes aren't as neccesary to war as infantry and she was sent to stop the Marines from landing on Okinawa.
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Except that the Enterprise could strike while Yamato was still 200 miles away or more. No matter how powerful your guns may be, a plane can fly further, and hit with greater accuracy.  Also, the Yamato only took a few dozen bombs and torpedos to sink.
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TheSpartanAceMe2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
The Iowa class could not easily take out the Yamato. The maximum firing range of the the Iowa's 16"/50 caliber Mark 7 guns during WWII was 23.6 km. The effective firing range of the Yamato's 40 cm/45 Type 94 naval guns were 25 km. The maximum firing range of these guns during the Japanese tests was 42 km. By way of how many times she was hit, we don't really know. There were very few confirmed hits but it is speculated she took far more, being such a large target. And while, yes, an Essex class carrier could engage Yamato at 200 miles or more, one Essex lacked the number of planes and ordnance for those planes to sink a target designed to withstand an attack from a single carrier. Also, Task Force 58 wasn't that far from Yamato and they were steaming right towards her. I guess we'll never know how things may have turned out had Yamato disregarded orderes and changed course and charged the American fleet. Would she have been sunk? Sure, but the question would be, how far did she get and how many did she take with her? I firmly believe, had the carriers been the target, the carriers would have suffered heavy losses.
While you are correct a plane has a further effective range, I will gladly debate accuracy. The guns of Yamato and Iowa, when firing inside their effective range, were accurate to withing 5 feet of the coordinates that had been set. The same cannot be said of any plane until the Korean Conflict.
Battleships aren't outdated. The thinking about the design and deployment is. The idea is the battleship should be the frontline. It should take and dish out the hits so that support craft can do whatever it is they do best when in all actuality they should be deployed as long range artillery. We see that used in WWII but only during beach landings really. The idea of a battleship brawl, at least to me, is dumb. It may be one of the coolest things in the world to watch but is still a dumb idea. With the advent of modern munitions the battleship would be becoming a more and more effective option but like I said the ideology behind them is outdated. The military is already testing the next generation of naval munitions. With modern anti aircraft, anti missile and submarine defenses, the USS Iowa with 9 16" railguns would be able to out range anything in the world shot at it, including most fighters and bombers, short of ICBMs and nuclear warheads. A true floating fortress. And if the military truly believed they were outdated, we would have scrapped the four in the mothball fleet when the USSR collapsed. They're just waiting for redesign and refit.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I see the Yamato passionates you to a fault. The planes hit the Yamato over 200 miles from Okinawa. True, its main battery was powerful beyond measure, but even that artillery could only fire shells about 26 miles away. If I may take the Japanese movie "Yamato" for historic accuracy, a sub discovered it heading to Okinawa. It tried to take a detour but was spotted by two Martin spotter planes. After the main battery missed the planes, they rearranged course straight for Okinawa. It put up quite the fight, I won't contest that. But even if the sub hadn't spotted it, do you really think the US would be so careless that they wouldn't have spotters planes flying all around the carriers? They would have seen it coming before the main shells could even get close to any carrier.

Sure the Yamato was a mighty ship. A shame it's gone. But there's a reason no battleships sail the oceans anymore. Aircraft carriers can do more damage over a wider terrain than any battleship. Even the Yamato.
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TheSpartanAceMe2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
All of this I know. And yes, the US had been that careless earlier in the war. They didn't learn from it either. We still don't fly spotter planes even in the seas around the Middle East where we are at "war." Yes technology has come a long way but still, you want to engage any enemy force as far away from you as possible. The spotter planes that found Yamato knew she was coming and were trying to find her. Ten Go was a very poorly concealed mission, couple that with the fact we had the Japanese codes cracked, it was a doomed mission.
Yes, the planes were over two hundred miles away but it took three carriers over three and a half hours to sink her. The reason battleships no longer sail isn't because of planes. It's because no navy in the world has been able to field a dreadnaught, utilize it AND properly defend it. It's not Yamato, it's dreadnaughts. The Iowa class, the Yamato Class, the Fuso class, South Carolina class. I like big ships with big guns. And I will agree that I do love battleships to a fault and I believe that we still should have them mainly because my father was pinned down in Vietnam and the Iowa leveled the position from which he and his men were taking fire. Whether you believe that or not is up to you, it's just how I feel.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You say it took over three and a half hours. Hard to get anywhere, even in that that time, when you're dodging dive bombers.
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TheSpartanAceMe2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
True. At 25 knots it's slow going. But I also said it took THREE carriers. Three carriers fielding pilots with shitty aim. It was a very American attack. Fire off enough rounds, some are bound to hit.
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HyperSonicXdA Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sure. But it does make for effective bombing. Besides, the pilots were dodging the ship's air defence too, so I can forgive them a bad aim.
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human72 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
probablly. But the escort ships would have sunk the Yamoto first. Simple enough. If she had made it there anyway how would the Yamato do for ammo? And the marines would have stormed the thing if given the chance to do so. eflot her after capturing her give her gass and sail her back to the sates. But the enterprise and the carriers removed that quite esally.
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TheSpartanAceMe2 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
No the escorts wouldn't have. Hurt her yes but not sunk her. There was nothing beyond the planes that posed a threat to the big bitch. By way of ammunition, there was ammo dumps in place to keep her firing for months. Oh and I forgot to mention this earlier, Enterprise wasn't even a part of the battle. She wasn't even there. She was moored for repairs in Puget Sound Navy Yard. It was the Carriers USS Hornet, USS Bennington (CV-20), Belleau Wood, San Jacinto; USS Essex, Bunker Hill, Hancock and Bataan that launched planes against Yamato. So let me rephrase, had Task Force 58 been the intended target, they wouldn't have had a chance in hell. The six BBs that were scrambled to counter Yamato wouldn't have gotten in range soon enough. But like I said, Task Force 58 wasn't the target, it was a suicide mission. When cornered, smart people make stupid decisions. We can debate this all day, but if Yamato had been utilized correctly, she alone could have stalled the US invasion force long enough for the Japanese to regain superiority in the war. Hindsight is always 20/20. But she wasn't used properly and like the samurai of old, she was destroyed by a force without the balls to fight her.
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
No. Yamato wouldn't have been much of an obstacle at all. The US Navy would've just sent out about 200 planes, and in a few hours, the Yamato would've been on the bottom of the ocean. And I cannot agree that the US didn't have the balls to fight her directly. There was no need, because they had the capability to sink the Yamato with far fewer casualties and in much less time than a conventional naval battle. So do not mistake good tactics for having no balls. And finally, by this point, there was no way in hell that Japan could regain superiority. The US were churning out planes and ships faster than the Japanese could destroy them, while also completely cutting off all of Japan's supply routes. With no oil and very few other resources, the Japanese were doomed. By this time, the battleship had become an outdated and useless waste of steel; the airplane was now the dominant weapon of war, and still is.
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human72 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
true very true.
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TheSpartanAceMe2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Oh and I forgot. Enterprise wasn't even a part of the battle. She wasn't even there. She was moored in Puget Sound Navy Yard. It was the Carriers USS Hornet, USS Bennington (CV-20), Belleau Wood, San Jacinto; USS Essex, Bunker Hill, Hancock and Bataan that launched planes against Yamato. So let me rephrase, had Task Force 58 been the intended target, they wouldn't have had a chance in hell. The six BBs that were scrambled to counter Yamato wouldn't have gotten in range soon enough. But like I said, it wasn't the target, it was a suicide mission. When cornered, smart people make stupid desicions.
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
By BBs, you mean the Iowa-class, I presume? The Iowa-class could easily take out the Yamato. Better fire-control, so more accurate at long range, with just as good armour penetration and faster by 5-10 knots (depending on load). No contest. Also, you have to account for the fact that the Yamato's crew had only ever been in one battle on the ship, so difference in experience would show.
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SuperSuomiSmoker Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
BANZAI TO YAMATO!!! ^_^
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graydragon117 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
In the future, i will be a Naval Architect in the Korean Navy and revive the Yamato like she was in 1945.
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Lioness-Nala Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Not bad! :)
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BlackHammer-0001 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
I love this battleship. You did a really great job here. It's just amazing
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