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World War II Vehicles, Tanks, Airplanes, and Ships

World War II, a time in history of great upheaval the world over. Found here in are some of the machines used in that time by the men and women who fought the battles, delivered the supplies, and transported the wounded. Look around and enjoy the historical information, the specifications, pictures and videos of the machines of war that were used in World War II.

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29 August 2015, United States' Des Moines Class Cruisers

The Des Moines class were an improved Oregon City class that weren't finished until after World War II.

23 August 2015, United States' Baltimore Class Cruisers

The Baltimore class cruisers were improved Witchita class.

CA-68 USS Baltimore at the Boston Navy Yard on September 10, 1943:
CA-68 USS Baltimore at the Boston Navy Yard on September 10, 1943
US Navy Photo, NH-91452

21 August 2015, United States' Wichita Class Cruisers

The USS Wichita was to be a heavy cruiser based on the Brooklyn class.

CA-45 USS Wichita with the USS Wasp:
CA-45 USS Wichita with the USS Wasp
US Navy Photo, NH-97884

15 August 2015, United States' New Orleans Class Cruisers

The New Orleans class was a better protected Northampton class cruise.

CA-36 USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor after repairs in April 1943:
CA-36 USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor after repairs in April 1943
US Navy Photo, 80-GK-541

1 August 2015, United States' Portland Class Cruisers

The Portland class was based upon the Northampton class of cruisers. Only two of the planned five were built.

CA-33 USS Portland on August 23, 1935:
CA-33 USS Portland on August 23, 1935
US Navy Photo, NH-97832

25 July 2015, United States' Northampton class cruisers

The Northampton class were to be improved Pensacola class cruisers.

CA-29 USS Chicago at Mare Island Navy Yard December 12, 1942:
CA-29 USS Chicago at Mare Island Navy Yard December 12, 1942
US Navy Photo

19 July 2015, United States' Pensacola class cruisers

The Pensacola class were the first American cruisers designed under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty.

CA-24 USS Pensacola in the 1930s:
CA-24 USS Pensacola in the 1930s
US Navy Photo, NH-662

17 July 2015, United States' Omaha class cruisers

The Omaha class were to be Scout Cruisers. They were used for Destroyer flotilla leaders and convoy escorts primarily during World War II.

CL-4 USS Omaha at New York Navy Yard on February 10, 1943:
CL-4 USS Omaha at New York Navy Yard on February 10, 1943
US Navy Photo, NH-97972

11 July 2015, Soviet Union's Kirov class cruisers

The Kirov class were based on a design from the Italians.

5 July 2015, Soviet Union's Krasnyi Krym cruiser

The Krasnyi Krym was similar to the Chervona Ukraina and served in the Black Sea during World War II.

4 July 2015, Soviet Union's Chervona Ukraina cruiser

The Chervona Ukraina was yet another World War I ear cruiser. It did serve a few month before being sunk by German aircraft.

4 July 2015, Soviet Union's Krasnyi Kavkaz cruiser

The Krasnyi Kavkaz was another World War I era cruiser. However, it had only been partially completed by the time of the German - Russian armistice of 1917. It had very active service in the Black Sea.

3 July 2015, Soviet Union's Komintern cruiser

A pre-World War I ship, the Komintern was woefully out of date by the start of World War II and actually had been scheduled to be scrapped but the Germans invaded. It was used in the Black Sea region until it was heavily damaged by bombs.

28 June 2015, Netherlands' Eendracht class cruisers

The Eendracht class cruisers were to replace the woefully out of date Java class cruisers. However they were still under construction when Germany invaded. They were eventually finished after World War II.

28 June 2015, Netherlands' Tromp class cruisers

To shore up their defenses, by adding destroyer flotilla flagships, in the Dutch East Indies the Tromp class ships were produced.

The Jacob van Heemskerck wasn't completed by the time of the German invasion but it sailed to Great Britain where it was finished.

HNMLS Jacob van Heemskerck in August 1942:
HNMLS Jacob van Heemskerck in August 1942
Imperial War Museum, A-12922

27 June 2015, Netherlands' De Ruyter cruiser

It was felt a third cruiser was needed to patrol the Dutch East Indies and the De Ruyter was designed and produced. It sacrificed armor and armament due to financial restrictions.

HNMLS De Ruyter in 1936:
De Ruyter in 1936
Royal Netherlands Navy

26 June 2015, Netherlands Java class cruisers

The Java class cruisers were intended to patrol their Dutch East Indies empire. Both had construction start in World War I but did not complete until the mid-1920s.

26 June 2015, Japan's Type B class cruiser

The Type B class was to be a high speed cruiser that would be the squadron leader for the Shimakaze class destroyers. However, none had construction started.

26 June 2015, Japan's Ibuki cruiser

The Ibuki started out to be a modified Mogami class heavy cruiser but in 1943 construction was halted and it was decided to convert it into an aircraft carrier.

25 June 2015, Japan's Oyodo cruiser

Similar to the Agano class before it, the Oyodo was to be the first of eight. They were intended to be flagships for subs and destroyers.

IJN Oyodo capsized in Kure on July 28, 1945:
IJN Oyodo capsized in Kure on July 28, 1945
US Naval Museum, 1977-031-074-084

21 June 2015, Japan's Agano class cruiser

The Agano class cruisers were designed to be destroyer flotilla leaders.

IJN Agano at Sasebo in October 1942:
IJN Agano at Sasebo in October 1942
Mikasa Memorial Museum

20 June 2015, Japan's Katori class cruiser

The Katori class were designed to be training cruisers and once Japan started the war they were used as flagships of submarine and escort units.

IJN Kashii during commissioning at Yokohama on July 15, 1941:
IJN Kashii during commissioning at Yokohama on July 15, 1941
Mikasa Memorial Museum

19 June 2015, Japan's Tone class cruiser

To help with scouting in the the fleet the Tone class was to have all of the main armament forward and an area aft that handled 5 floatplanes.

14 June 2015, Japan's Mogami class cruiser

For some reason out of all the Japanese cruisers the Mogami class stick in my mind either from reading or pictures. If last year someone had asked me to name Japanese cruisers I would have said Mogami and Mikuma, and that would have probably been about it!

IJN Mogami during trials in the Bungo Straits in 1935:
IJN Mogami during trials in the Bungo Straits in 1935
US Navy, 80-G-414422

7 June 2015, Japan's Takao class cruiser

The Takao class were the next in line of cruisers.

IJN Atago doing 34 knots after reconstruction off Tateyama on August 25, 1939:
IJN Atago doing 34 knots after reconstruction off Tateyama on August 25, 1939
Imperial War Museum, MH-6205

5 June 2015, Japan's Myôkô class cruiser

The Myôkô class were the first of the 10,000 ton heavy cruisers that Japan built after the signing of the Washington Naval Treaty.

IJN Myôkô in Singapore during surrender with German U-boats alongside on September 25, 1945:
IJN Myôkô in Singapore during surrender with German U-boats alongside on September 25, 1945
Imperial War Museum, A-30701

31 May 2015, Japan's Aoba class cruiser

The Aoba class cruisers were similar to the Furutaka class.

IJN Aoba:
IJN Aoba
Imperial War Museum, MH-6201

Links

  • World War II Wiki
    Historical database for just about everything World War II.
  • Panzers of the Wehrmacht
    Informative site dedicated to the men and vehicles of the German Armed Forces of the Second World War. Contains an excellent image gallery.
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