WWII, The Fusō HISTORY The Fuso was possibly the biggest battleship sunk in WWII. The first major action of the fuso was The Battle of Leyte Gulf since it did not participate in WWI because the crew was too busy doing chores for the Japanese government. During the battle of surgao strait it was hit by 2 torpedoes by destroyer USS Melvin and the ship was set afire. It did not sink until later when one of it’s magazines exploded and the ship was split in half and bombarded by USS Louisville. Therefore the 1,400 crew members on the ship either sank with it or were rescued by destroyer Asagumo. Asagumo was destroyed shortly afterward and the only way the crew could have survived was if they landed ashore only to be killed by the F ilipinos. DESIGN, STRUCTURE AND WEAPONS Since it was so big it had to have a hard structure, many artillery guns and to literally pull it’s weight huge engines. Class: Fuso class battleship. It could travel up to 22 miles an hour. Deck 1 to 2 inches thick. Conning tower armor 6 to 12 inches. Turrets 8 to 12 inches thick. Aircraft carried 3x float planes. Aircraft facilities 1catapult. length 673ft©

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