*A quick disclaimer is that normally I don’t like to ponder alternative/counterfactual history too much because it tends to get too outlandish. That being said,
By April of 1945, the Allied push across the Pacific had summarily turned the tide of the war against Imperial Japan. With her surface fleet and naval air forces virtually decimated through attrition from previous campaigns and battles, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) attempted one final, desperate push against the Allies at Okinawa with the very symbol of the navy and Japan itself, the Yamato battleship. Unfortunately, they were up against the massive Allied naval forces approaching Okinawa.
Caveat: The information contained in this post is of a very general nature. More detailed (read: technical) information can be found in the U.S. Naval
Background Aircraft in the 1920s were largely used in reconnaissance, scouting, and gunfire spotting roles. Their use for fleet air defense was fairly limited. Furthermore,
Note: This post is only covering the naming conventions of the major combatant vessels of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Aircraft Carriers Named after birds, dragons,
Now that we have articles on the Japanese 18.1″/45 and U.S. 16″/50 guns themselves, let’s see how they stack up against each other in terms