BATTAGLIA NAVALE DI OKINAWA
NAVAL BATTLE OF OKINAWA
(7 APRILE 1945)
L'ULTIMO VIAGGIO DELLA YAMATO
THE LAST TRIP OF THE YAMATO BATTLESHIP
GIUDIZIO FINALE DELLO SHINANO
FINAL SENTENCE OF THE SHINANO
FINAL SENTENCE OF THE SHINANO
The Battle of Okinawa has been:
the "Song of the Swan" of the Japanese imperial fleet;
the last war action fought by a battleship;
the last naval battle of the Second World war.
For this motive, not having also been decisive as Midway or mighty as Leyte assumes an enormous symbolic meaning in the history of the naval battles.
And' is the definitive demonstration of the superiority of the aerial strength on that naval.
How retaliation remembers the Japanese decisive attacks that sank December 10 th 1941 offshore Kuantan (Malesia) the pride of the British harbor, that is the battleship Prince of Walles and the battle cruiser Repulse.
From this moment he was understood in fact that whatever ship, also the more battleship and mighty, you/he/she could not last for a long time if, deprived of aerial protection, you/he/she was attached by the air.
This awareness to go toward the certain massacre was well aware in the minds of the sailors and the commanders of the fleet of the Yamato and well it shows how much the spirit of sacrifice for the country was rooted in the mind nipponico.
From the tactical and strategic point of view the operation didn't have some sense since the Yamato had the assignment to become a posting of artillery from fit beach to help the Japanese troops that defended up to the death, meter for meter, the ground of Okinawa.
Only the desperation and the feeling of impotence that it reigned among the tall commands 1945 fifty-fifty nipponici you/he/she can explain this mission.
The country of Okinawa, which this battle belongs by law, was the bloodiest and cruel of the whole war of the Pacific.
From on March 26 to June 21 st 1945 the Japanese defended with inclined courage up to the suicide every square meter of this island causing well 12.000 corpses and 38.000 wounded among the Americans, losing to the meantime around 100.000 men!
On the naval plan the Japanese sank, thanks to the kamikaze, well 36 ships and they put even out fight of it 368.
The lost airplanes from the Americans amounted to 768.
In the middle of this destructive folly the sacrifice of the Yamato assumes the form of the desperate attempt of a people defeated that, aware of to be defeated by now, throw in the fray its more glorious ship with the solo purpose to immolate it and to make to enter her/it the naval history.
The Yamato was in fact, not only the greatest battleship and better armed with every time, but above all it was the symbol and the flagship of the whole Japanese harbor.
The same name Yamato is what anciently had Japan.
For this motive its epic can never be forgotten from who is sensitive to the stories and the history of the naval battles.
LE PIU' GRANDI BATTAGLIE NAVALI / NAVAL BATTLES
BATTAGLIA DI OKINAWA / NAVAL BATTLE OF OKINAWA
NAVI DA GUERRA / WARSHIPS AND BATTLESHIPS
PORTAEREI NELLA STORIA / AIRCRAFT CARRIERS