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The Type 89 medium tank I-Go (八九式中戦車 イ号 Hachikyū-shiki chū-sensha I-gō) was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1932 to 1942 in combat operations of the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Khalkhin Gol against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War. The Type 89B model was the world's first mass-produced diesel engine tank.[3] The tank was armed with a short-barrel 57 mm cannon for knocking out pillboxes and masonry fortifications, and proved effective in campaigns in Manchuria and China, as the Chinese National Revolutionary Army had only three tank battalions to oppose them, which consisted primarily of Vickers export models, German Panzer Is, and Italian CV33 tankettes.[4] The Type 89 was a 1920s design medium tank, built to support the infantry, and thus lacked the armor or armament of 1940s generation Allied armor; it was regarded as obsolete by the time of the 1939 battles of Khalkhin Gol, against the Soviet Union.[5] The code designation "I-Go" comes from the katakana letter [イ] for “first” and the kanji[号] for "number". The designation is also transliterated Chi-Ro and sometimes "Yi-Go".
Yamato (大和) was the lead ship of her class of battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) shortly before World War II. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 in) Type 94 main guns, which were the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.

This is Musashi at high speed during the US Navy carrier aircraft attack that would sink her. Note that she is already down at the bows due to large scale ingress of water there - a defect that would contribute considerably to her sinking.
Oho, my bad, thanks for the correction.
The USN noted from the sinking of the Musashi that their torpedo strikes on both sides of the battleship actually helped keep her afloat by equalising flooding. When the Yamato was sank, all the recorded torpedo strikes were on one side.

The main weakness of the Yamato-class's anti-torpedo system was that the bow area of the ship had no protection (being too narrow to fit armour) and poor anti-flooding systems - too few pumps and those that there were, were too dependent upon too few power generators.
IJN Fuso - Sporting a large pagoda mast and mid-ship turrets Fuso was an odd-looking ship. She was sunk at Surigao Strait with loss of all but 10 of her crew
IJN Kikuzuki beached in Purvis Bay, Florida Island, Solomon Islands, in 1944

IJN Hatsuharu at Sasebo in 1933, before her refit.
IJN Ise sunk at Kure, Oct 8, 1945

Light cruiser Yahagi under intense bomb and torpedo attack prior to the final, fatal torpedo attack. One direct hit can be seen bursting on the fantail, as near-misses straddle her, 7 April 1945.
IJN Naka in Singapore after receiving torpedo damage from the USS Seawolf, April 1942.

IJN Makigumo on March 14, 1942.
IJN Yamato in action with U.S. carrier planes off Samar. Another battleship is in the left distance, steaming in the opposite direction.25 Oct 1944

IJN Myōkō in Singapore, February 1, 1945.
Myōkō participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf as part of Vice Admiral Kurita's First Mobile Striking Force (Center Force) consisting of four battleships and ten cruisers. As the Center Force tried to force a passage through the Sibuyan Sea it was spotted and attacked by US Task Force 38. Although most airstrikes concentrated on the battleship Musashi, Myōkō was hit by a torpedo aft on the starboard side, which damaged her starboard screws. She broke off and headed for Singapore at a reduced speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), arriving on 2 November 1944. After temporary repairs she departed for Japan with a stop at Cam Ranh Bay.

En route to Cam Ranh Bay Myōkō was hit by one torpedo from a spread of six, fired by the submarine USS Bergall at 17:35 on 13 December 1944 on her aft port side, blowing away her stern, and leaving her unable to steer. She went dead in the water. Despite the extensive damage to the aft, one port screw remained operable and she could make 6 knots (11 km/h; 6.9 mph). Unable to steer, she was towed by destroyer IJN Ushio (which assisted in damaging Bergall, which survived and returned to Fremantle) and several other ships to Singapore harbor for repairs; however, there were insufficient materials in Singapore to complete the repairs for both Myōkō and Takao, which was also in harbor for repairs.

In February 1945, the harbor commander reported that Myōkō was irreparable at Singapore without more materials, and impossible to tow to Japan. He recommended that Myōkō be kept in Singapore as a floating anti-aircraft battery. This suggestion was approved and, although both Myōkō and Takao were targeted by British midget submarine attacks on 26 July, Myōkō survived the war. Myōkō formally surrendered to Royal Navy units on 21 September 1945, and was subsequently towed to the Strait of Malacca and scuttled off Port Swettenham, Malaya (near present-day Port Klang, Malaysia) at 3°5′N 100°40′ECoordinates: 3°5′N 100°40′E on 8 July 1946, near submarines I-501 and I-502.
The Type 97 was a gas-operated, anti-tank rifle. The Type 97 fired a 20x125mm Cartridge at a rate of up to twelve rounds per minute. Its magazine capacity meanwhile was seven rounds to a box type magazine which was inserted into the top of the rifle. The muzzle velocity of the weapon was around 750 meters per second. However, the Type 97 had an extremely violent recoil, so caution was advised when firing

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