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One US Battleship was lost to an enemy battleship's main-gun shells in WW2.  Can you name both the US and enemy Battleships?

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USS Arizona was sunk by IJN Nagato's 16" shells.  The Japanese navy had no heavy armor-piercing bombs, so for the Pearl Harbor attack, they fitted Nagato's AP shells with guidance fins and used them as bombs

 

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If this is true, this is super cool. Thanks for sharing! That's an upvote to you.

If I may ask, from what sources did you find this information? Would like to know.

 

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17 minutes ago, AtlanticRim said:

If this is true, this is super cool. Thanks for sharing! That's an upvote to you.

If I may ask, from what sources did you find this information? Would like to know.

 

It Is true, actually kind of common knowledge for serious WWII buffs

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2 minutes ago, Edselman said:

It Is true, actually kind of common knowledge for serious WWII buffs

Super cool. Thanks for the reply.

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23 minutes ago, AtlanticRim said:

If this is true, this is super cool. Thanks for sharing! That's an upvote to you.

If I may ask, from what sources did you find this information? Would like to know.

Here is some more information about bombs used in the war you might find interesting. 

http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/B/o/Bombs.htm

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Everyone's seen the videos of battleships firing full broadsides and moving sideways through the water as a result of the tremendous recoil. 

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But is that really what happens?

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False.  The "wake effect" seen is from the impact of the muzzle blasts hitting the water.  In reality, even a nine-gun broadside from an Iowa wasn't sufficient to push a 50kton ship sideways more than a fraction of an inch.

 

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