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World War II Vehicles, Tanks, Airplanes, and Guns

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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23 November 2014, United States' Alaska Class Battlecruisers

After the treaty restrictions were no longer binding the United States thought it would want a heavy cruiser with 12" guns. More closely identifiable as a battlescruiser the Alaska class ships arrived almost too late to be in World War II. Only two were finished in time.

Here's an overhead view comparing the Alaska class with the Iowa class.

CB-1 USS Alaska in port with the USS Missouri and USS Croatan:
CB-1 USS Alaska in port with the USS Missouri and USS Croatan
US Navy, 80-G-K-190547

22 November 2014, United States' Montana Class Battleships

Sometimes it's interesting to consider the "what-ifs." What if the Montana class had proceeded and they were built? Would they have even been finished by the end of the war? What ships wouldn't have been built because of them? How might they have done in combat? Needless to say we'll never find out as they were never built.

A model of the BB-67 USS Montana at the New York Navy Yard on October 7, 1944:
A model of the BB-67 USS Montana at the New York Navy Yard on October 7, 1944
US Navy, USN-144964

21 November 2014, United States' Iowa Class Battleships

The Iowas were built for speed so that they could keep up with the fast carriers.

BB-62 USS New Jersey in the Pacific in 1945:
United States' BB-62 USS New Jersey in the Pacific in 1945
US Navy, 80-G-K-15383

16 November 2014, United States' South Dakota Class Battleships

The next series of battleships were the four sisters of the South Dakota class. Smaller than the North Carolina class it was specially designed to be more compact to be able to have more protection.

BB-59 USS Massachusetts in Casco Bay, Maine in January 1943. Taken from USS Alabama:
United States' BB-59 USS Massachusetts in Casco Bay, Maine in January 1943. Taken from USS Alabama
US Navy, 80-G-K-416

15 November 2014, United States' North Carolina Class Battleships

A newer and better design was the North Carolina class which was to be better than the Japanese Kondo class battleships. Both were used as convoy escorts in the Atlantic but were later used primarily in the Pacific.

BB-55 USS North Carolina off the east coast on April 17, 1942:
United States' BB-43 USS North Carolina during trials in 1923
US Naval Historical Center, NH-80988

14 November 2014, United States' Colorado /California Class Battleships

The Colorado class mounted 16" guns, otherwise very similar to the predicessor designs of American battleships.

If the Japanese could have only forseen an opponent that could make a floating drydock that could repair a battleship near the front, the Japanese might never have started a war with the United States.

BB-48 USS West Virginia in dry dock at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides:
United States' BB-48 USS West Virginia in drydock at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides
US Navy, 80-G-314220

11 November 2014, United States' Tennessee /California Class Battleships

Note: So often my sources can't agree as to the name of the class for a particular battleship.

The Tennessee class ships were initially intended to be modernized before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The were both injured in the attack, the USS California more so.

BB-43 USS Tennessee bombarding Okinawa on April 1, 1945:
United States' BB-43 USS Tennessee bombarding Okinawa on April 1, 1945
US Naval Historical Center, NH-84665

9 November 2014, United States' New Mexico Class Battleships

The New Mexico class was considered by some to be the best American battleship until the North Carolina class. The three sisters survived World War II.

My dad was wounded on Iwo Jima so here's an appropriate photo I think.

BB-42 USS Idaho off Iwo Jima in February, 1945:
United States' BB-42 USS Idaho off Iwo Jima in February, 1945
US Naval Historical Center, NH-92509

8 November 2014, United States' Pennsylvania Class Battleships

The Pennsylvania class' design were improved Nevada / Oklahoma class battleships. The USS Pennsylvania was repaired after Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona was a total loss.

My dad took part in the invasion of Guam so I think it is appropriate to put this photo here.

BB-38 USS Pennsylvania shelling Guam on July 21, 1944:
United States' BB-38 USS Pennsylvania shelling Guam on July 21, 1944
US Navy photo, NH-67584

7 November 2014, United States' Oklahoma Class Battleships

Built before America's entry into World War I, the Oklahoma class battleships were at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked on December 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma was sunk and didn't return to service. The USS Nevada was rebuilt and saw service at a bombardment ship.

BB-36 USS Nevada off Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945:
United States' BB-36 USS Nevada off Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945
US Navy photo G-K-3510

2 November 2014, United States' Texas Class Battleships

The Texas class' design improved upon the USS Arkansas. However the battleships were hard to handle in rough weather.

BB-34 USS New York battleship off Iwo Jima, February 16, 1945:
United States' BB-34 USS New York battleship off Iwo Jima, February 16, 1945
US Navy photo 80-G-308952

2 November 2014, United States' Wyoming Class Battleships

Now we turn to battleships.

BB-33 USS Arkansas was built before World War I and served in World War II shelling many of the invasion beaches.

BB-33 USS Arkansas battleship in San Pedro, January 1, 1945:
United States' BB-33 USS Arkansas battleship in San Pedro, January 1, 1945
Bureau of Ships , 19-N-77075

 

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