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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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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A pre-World War I ship, the Komintern was woefully out of date by the start of World War II and actually had been scheduled to be scrapped but the Germans invaded.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The Eendracht class cruisers were to replace the woefully out of date Java class cruisers.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

30 May 2015, Japan's Furutaka class cruiser

The Furutaka class came right as the Washington Treaty was ratified, but fortunately still fell within its limitations.

IJN Furutaka near Ukuru Island:
IJN Furutaka near Ukuru Island
Imperial War Museum, MH-6199

30 May 2015, Japan's Sendai class cruiser

The Sendai class had to have several of its ships cancelled due to the restrictions in the Washington Treaty. The three ships that were built were all lost during World War II.

IJN Naka in 1925:
IJN Naka in 1925
Imperial Japanese Navy

29 May 2015, Japan's Yubari light cruiser

The Yubari was designed to be able to have the broadside of a heavier cruiser but well within treaty limitations.

IJN Yubari on November 15, 1924:
IJN Yubari on November 15, 1924
Bureau of Ships, 19-N-9957

25 May 2015, Japan's Nagara class Cruisers

The Nagara class were built during the 1920s to be the flagship of destroyer and submarine squadrons.

IJN Natori near Nagasaki in 1922:
IJN Natori near Nagasaki in 1922
Imperial Japanese Nav

24 May 2015, Japan's Kuma class Light Cruisers

Joining the Imperial Japanese Navy in the 1920s, the Kuma class light cruisers were designs that improved upon the Tenryu class.

In an exercise in desperation some of the Kuma class were converted in to kaiten (manned suicide torpedoes).

IJN Kitakami in 1935:
IJN Kitakami in 1935
Mikasa Memorial Museum

23 May 2015, Japan's Tenryu class Light Cruisers

The Tenryu class light cruisers were built during World War I to be destroyer squadron leaders.

23 May 2015, Italy's Taranto class Cruisers

The Taranto was another German cruiser that was taken over after World War I. It was used in very secondary operations.

23 May 2015, Italy's Bari class Cruisers

The Bari was the former German cruiser Pillau and was taken over by Italy as a World War I war prize.

22 May 2015, Italy's Bolzano class Cruisers

The Bolzano class was to be similar to the Trento class but with the armor on the turrets reduced.

Bolzano after being damaged during British Operation Pedestal on August 13, 1942:
Bolzano after being damaged during British Operation Pedestal on August 13, 1942
Imperial War Museum, HU-52344

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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