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Bombardment of Hitachi


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After the British Pacific Fleet joined US Navy off the coast of Japan, British ships joined in the series of coastal bombardments in a night attack on targets around Hitachi. Despite considerable firepower limited visibility lead to less damage inflicted than expected.



  • USS Iowa
  • USS Missouri
  • USS Wisconsin
  • USS North Carolina
  • USS Alabama
  • USS Atlanta II
  • USS Dayton
  • eight destroyers

Royal Navy:

  • HMS King George V
  • two destroyers
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On 7/16/2019 at 6:54 PM, StringWitch said:

Has a naval bombardment ever lead to damage that wasn't less than expected?

If I recall correctly, when one of the RN Monitors (forget if it was Erebus or Roberts) was doing an op. in support of some of the WWII Sicilian landings (or possibly Italian ones), they hit the chimney that was their aiming mark on the first shot and demolished it completely; I don't think they were expecting to be quite that good! Not sure what they did after losing their aiming mark either, but apparently it was a successful shoot...

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