A few weeks ago the Mainichi News on-line reported the following:
毎日新聞 2015年05月06日 12時00分（最終更新 05月07日 00時17分）
It was made clear that a picture, which caught the moment when the huge battleship “Musashi" was launching its main battery during the Second World War while serving as a flagship of the Japan Navy Combined Fleet, had been kept by the family of a deceased executive of the same ship. This was the first time to discover a photo of the 46 centimeter gun, the biggest in the world including its sister ship "Yamato", firing a shot. A specialist said that "valuable material on details of the “Yamato” class is being handed down".
The picture was in black and white with 10.5 centimeters in width and 7.5 centimeters in length taken from the stern side in a state of firing. While the width of "Musashi" was slightly less than 40 meters, the smoke of artillery was almost its double, showing the power of a gun that had a range of about 40 kilometers. The place and time of the photo were not clear.
The photo was kept by the family of the deceased captain Nagahashi Tameshige, the gunnery chief who commanded the main battery's shooting at the time when "Musashi" was completed on August 5, 1942. Mr. Takashi Honda (72) of the picture production company "Sereburo" (
found this photo during the process of producing a DVD which introduced the
history of navy. Tokyo
According to the family of the deceased Mr. Nagahashi, it was said that "my father said it was a "picture of Musashi". Rabbits and a ducks were put on the deck for an experiment to check the strength of the blast of main batteries when launched, and also heard that their internal organs jumped out".
A navy history scholar Todaka Kazushige, also the director in the Kure Maritime history Science Museum (Yamato museum) in Kure city of Hiroshima said that "based on the background of the discovery certainly it is judged to be the ‘Yamato’ type, it would be the ‘Musashi’. It is seen in a quiet photography situation and probably it is just after the completion of a shooting practice. We now know the reality that "Musashi" had no chance to shoot its main battery at an enemy warship when airplane war becoming the key force in the Pacific War". In this summer an exhibition of this picture at the said museum was expected.
"Musashi" participated in the "Battle of Leyte Gulf” in October, 1944. Among the about 2,400 crew some 1,000 people died when it sank in the Philippines Chubu Sibuyan Sea under an air-raid by the
March this year, when an American wealthy man took photos of "Musashi"
using un-manned diving equipment and exhibited the under water pictures, it
became a topic of conversation. U.S.
It is amazing to note
level of technology in weapon making during WWII. Japan