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The End of the Japanese Fleet, 1945

The last operation of the Japanese Naval Command, writes Albert Vulliez, was a deliberate act of suicide. It was received by the people with a ‘sombre bitterness’. Translated by Patrick Turnbull.

 U.S. aircraft, such as this Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver, begin their attacks on Yamato (center left). A Japanese destroyer is in the center right of the picture.In early April, 1945, encouraged by the serious damage inflicted on the American Okinawa invasion fleet by Kamikaze bombers, the Japanese Naval Command came to the decision to launch operation TEN-GO.

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