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The Yamato (??, "Great Harmony") and her sister ship Musashi were built just before the outbreak of World War II. They were the heaviest and most heavily armed battleships ever built; armed with nine 18.1-inch Type 94 main guns - the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.

The battleship's design was a response to the numerically dominant US Navy - Imperial Japan's greatest threat in the Pacific. Although the battleship was laid down in 1937, she did not enter service until late 1941, a week after the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor. She served as the flagship of the Combined Fleet. From her bridge, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto directed the fleet to Midway in June 1942, although it meant a disastrous defeat for the Japanese. She was then replaced by the Musashi as flagship and spent most of 1943 and 44 moving between ports in a responsive role.

October 1944 was the only occasion when Yamato furiously fired her main guns in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Yamato had been tasked with repelling American forces invading the Philippines. Although success was within Japanese reach, the ferocity of a counterattack by a light escort carrier group from US Navy Task Force 77 was such that the Japanese ordered a retreat, mistakenly believing they could handle a much larger carrier force.

By early 1945, naval superiority in the Pacific firmly belonged to the US Navy. To delay the Allied advance, Yamato was deployed to Okinawa in April 1945 with no expectation of ever returning. Their orders were to beach themselves and fight to the point of destruction. This was not allowed to happen when she was sunk by US carrier-bombers and torpedo bombers on April 7, 1945, with the loss of most of her crew.

Contains a ship made of resin and warlord resin

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