Japanese Battleship Musashi: World War II

Musashi (武蔵), named after the former Japanese province, was one of two Yamato-class battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), beginning in the late 1930s. The Yamato-class ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing almost 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) fully loaded and armed with nine 46-centimeter (18.1 in) main guns. Their secondary armament consisted of four 15.5-centimetre (6.1 in) triple-gun turrets formerly [...]

By | 2017-12-18T11:46:37+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Aleutian Islands Campaign: World War II

By Mar 1943, with the Aleutian Islands Campaign, the Americans were planning to reclaim the islands of Attu and Kiska, which had been captured by the Japanese in 1942. The first step in the Aleutian Campaign Americans had taken was to deploy a task group in the area to interdict Japanese supply convoys. On 26 Mar 1943, this task group, led by Rear Admiral Charles McMorris, found a convoy [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:13:24+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Japanese Fire Balloons: World War II

The Revolutionary and the Civil War tore North America apart, but the World Wars and most subsequent conflicts have been largely fought beyond its borders – aside from the glaring exception of the Pearl Harbor attack. Many consider Pearl Harbor to be the last of the wartime civilian casualties on American soil, not including the Battle of the Atlantic. However, this is not strictly true; the Japanese orchestrated a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:14:35+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Manila: World War II

The Battle of Manila (February 3, 1945 – March 3, 1945) was a major battle of the Philippine campaign of 1944-45, during the Second World War. It was fought by American and Filipino forces against Japanese troops in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. The month-long battle, which resulted in the death of over 100,000 civilians and the complete devastation of the city, was the scene of the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:19:09+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hashima Island: Japan Ghost Island

The small island of Hashima was once bustling with a community of 5000 people, who lived alongside the mines they worked. Abandoned in the 1970s, the island and its buildings had been left to the elements. But calls for its preservation, a cameo role in a Bond movie, and Unesco recognition have all helped make this once-forgotten isle a now popular, ghostly attraction. From abandoned mines to Unesco heritage [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:22:13+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: Constructions, Historical Mysteries|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Battle of Kwajalein: World War II

The Battle of Kwajalein began on January 31, 1944, and concluded February 3, 1944. In the wake of the US victory at Tarawa in November 1943, Allied forces continued their "island-hopping" campaign by moving against Japanese positions in the Marshall Islands. Part of the "Eastern Mandates," the Marshalls were originally a German possession and were awarded to Japan after World War I. Considered part of the outer ring of Japanese [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:32:52+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hachijo Royal Hotel: Abandoned Holiday Resort

The mid-1960s heralded in an era which saw Japanese tourists travelling abroad in substantial numbers for the first time. Prior 1964, the Japanese Government made it near impossible for the average Japanese to acquire a passport to travel overseas. As comparatively close destinations such as those in Asia and the Pacific were off limits during the earlier part of the decade, the tourism industry looked nearer to home to [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:35:06+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Mysteries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Battle of Guadalcanal: World War II

In the months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Allied forces suffered a string of reverses as Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines were lost and the Japanese swept through the Pacific. Following the propaganda victory of the Doolittle Raid, the Allies succeeded in checking the advance of the Japanese at the Battle of the Coral Sea. The following month they won a decisive victory at the Battle of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:01:40+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Hakodate: Samurai Wars

The Battle of Hakodate (函館戦争 Hakodate Sensō) was fought in Japan from December 4, 1868, to June 27, 1869. The battle was between the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate army, consolidated into the armed forces of the rebel Ezo Republic, and the armies of the newly formed Imperial government. It was the last stage of the Boshin War and occurred around Hakodate on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaidō. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:19:45+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Samurai Wars|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mogami Cruisers Class: World War II

London Naval Treaty of 1930 interrupted a line of development of Japanese "official" Washington Cruisers: with the completion of four ships of Takao class the limit for ships with 203mm artillery has been exhausted (as well as for the majority of countries which have signed the document). At the same time, this treaty has generated a new subclass of cruisers (so-called "B class") with artillery in caliber, not above [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:23:49+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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