Eaglemoss EMGC11 Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruiser Chokai
"In case opportunity for destruction of a major portion of the enemy fleet is offered, or can be created, such destruction becomes the primary task."
- Admiral Chester Nimitz to Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, concerning his order prior to the Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944
Chokai was a Takao-class heavy cruiser, armed with ten 8-inch (200 mm) guns, four 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns, eight tubes for the Type 93 torpedo, and assorted anti-aircraft guns. Chōkai was designed with the Imperial Japanese Navy strategy of the great "Decisive Battle" in mind, and built in 1932 by Mitsubishi's shipyard in Nagasaki. She was sunk in the Battle off Samar in October 1944. Chōkai was named for Mount Chōkai.
At the start of the Pacific War, the Chōkai supported the invasion of Malaya and participated in the pursuit of the Royal Navy's battleship Force Z. During January and February 1942, the Chōkai was involved in operations to seize the oil-rich Dutch East Indies and the island of Borneo. Steaming near Cape St. Jacques, the Chōkai struck a reef, sustaining hull damage on 22 February 1942. On the 27th, she reached Singapore for repairs.
After repairs, the Chōkai was once again assigned to a support role in an invasion, this time the landings at Iri, Sumatra, and the invasion of the Andaman Islands and the seizure of Port Blair a few days later. Afterwards, the Chōkai sailed to Mergui, Burma.
On April 1, 1942, the Chōkai left Mergui to participate in Operation C, a raid on merchant shipping in the Indian Ocean. First, the Chōkai torpedoed and sank the American freighter Bienville, and later on, the British steamship Ganges on 6 April. With her role in the operation successfully concluded, the Chōkai returned to Yokosuka on 22 April 1942.
Shown here is a 1:1100 scale replica of the Imperial Japanese Navy heavy cruiser Chokai.
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Historical Account: "Floating Pagodas" - The Yamato class battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) were the largest naval vessels of World War II and were the largest, heaviest battleships ever constructed, displacing 65,027 metric tons and armed with nine 46 cm main guns.
Like their German counterparts, Bismarck and Tirpitz, Yamato and Musashi made little direct impact during the war. Neither engaged any Allied battleships during the war, and were instead both sunk by the bane of capital warships: overwhelming air power.
Musashi was sunk by repeated aerial attack during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on October 24th, 1944. After being hit by an estimated 17 torpedoes and 20 bombs, she went down with 1,700 of her 2,400 man crew.
The end of the Yamato was even less glorious. Having seen little action during the previous four years (She served as Yamamoto's flagship during the Midway operation, as well as the action off Samar on October 25th, 1944) she was sent on a virtual suicide mission against the U.S. Navy forces massing for the attack on Okinawa. On April 7th, 1945 she was hit by successive waves of US carrier based aircraft and sank after absorbing 5 - 10 bombs and at least 10 torpedo hits. Less than 300 out of 3,400 crew onboard survived.