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NOVA: Sinking the Supership
Aired:
04/29/2008
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The tragic WWII story of the Yamato, the largest battleship ever built.

 


An astounding series of explosions onboard Yamato produced the mushroom cloud seen here shortly before she sank.An astounding series of explosions onboard Yamato produced the mushroom cloud seen here shortly before she sank.

NOVA

Sinking the Supership

Aired Tuesday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. on CPTV

In April 1945, the largest battleship ever built set out on the ultimate suicide mission. With its crew of 3,000, Yamato , the pride of Japan's fleet, sailed to a solo confrontation with the 1,500-strong United States Navy. Attacked by a swarm of U. S. dive bombers, the battleship sank within minutes. A NOVA team discovers the wreck and retells the Yamato 's extraordinary saga through the eyes of the few Japanese crewmembers who survived the sinking. State-of-the-art CGI animation shows viewers what the colossal battleship was like in all its glory at the time of its launching. The program provides a dramatic perspective on the great age of battleships and why it ended so abruptly with the Yamato 's disastrous sinking. visit the website...


 
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