A picture of Imperial Japan's beast of a workhorse, the Nagato. This picture from '41 shows her in her wartime battle dress, and what a scary sight she was. It is important to remember that from an ideological point of view these were the forerunners to the Yamato class: bigger hull, bigger guns, thicker armour, as far as Japan was capable, in order to be a single ship better than a number of her contempories (a la Tsushima). In a large part, it worked, but she never did face off against an enemy fleet in any true decisive action an by the time there was opportunity there no fuel so what can you do.
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