Command Sgt. Major
- Feb 23, 2010
I think it's at Dahlgren proving ground... or was. It was a piece intended for Shinano and 'left over.' Brought back after the war and fired at point-blank with a USN 16" gun. Ideal conditions, angle, etc. Plate was 400 feet from the gun. Drillings are where they took metal samples.Isn't this at Washington Navy Yard? Seems to me I saw it or a similar piece there about 25 years ago. Effects of a 16" AP round on the turret armor plate from a Yamato-class BB?
One of the reasons for the test is that the U.S. had never produced armor that thick. And wanted to study the ballistic effect.
Well, there it is!
Awesome picture, OP. Thanks for posting!!!!!