Most POWERFUL WWII Battleships!

Navies are built to control the seas and you better have the right equipment on board or someone might sink your battleship! During WW2, some of the most massive, most impressive ships were constructed, only to collect barnacles at the bottom of the sea after receiving a heavy dosage of firepower. Today we’ll take an in depth look at some the most powerful WW2 battleships, and the fate they would suffer.

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5. Littorio
Being Italy’s most modernized battleship during world war 2, the Littorio class battleship was used extensively in the mediterranean sea. They built 3 power battleships capable of hitting 30 knots and came in at over 41,000 tons. Overall, the measured 780 feet long and were equipped with nine 15 millimeter guns, twelve 6 inch guns and four 120 mm guns. It consisted of 2 ships Littorio, vittorio veneto and the roma. These were the big dogs of the Italian army but they proved to be vulnerabl l le from the skies and that’s where the allies had hit them the hardest. After italy signed an armistice, the allies had captured the boats. Similar to how the french had their ships sunk by an ally, the italians had their ships sunk by their german allies in an attempt to keep them out of the hands of the Americans and British.

4. Fuso
The fuso seemed to be one of the more treaty friendly class of battleship and was equipped with 14 inch guns and displaced around 35,000 tons of water. The Fuso was first commissioned in 1915 and patrolled off the coast of china for a bit until it was modernized between 1930-1935 and then again from 1937 to 1941. Improvements included upgrades in armor, propulsion machinery. It’s armor was 12 inches thick and turrets were protected with 11 total inches. The fuso served briefly during WWII the pearl harbor attack and during the midway Island Operation. It quickly sank as the americans got the last laugh, sinking the ship in less than 40 minutes with torpedo bombers. Some claim that one torpedo hit an ammo storage room in the ship and it exploded in half!

3. Yamato
These two Japanese battleships were heaviest battleships ever made and could displace 72,800 tonnes. Just because it was big didn’t mean that this thing couldn’t move quickly by any means. It could still get around at a speed of roughly 27 knots ir 31 miles an hour Named after the ancient Japanese Province of Yamato, they were basically mocking the treaty requirements at that point!. They were hoping size would be more important than quantity because the US vastly outnumbered them in battleships. It had several large 46 cm cannons that could attack quite a few enemy boats at one time. It carried twenty four 25 millimeter guns that were used to take out any enemy planes. It reached a max speed of 31 miles per hour. The Yamato and its sister ship actually did not see too much action because the Japanese were hoping to keep its design a secret for a while and it was more commonly used as a transport barge. The large vessel currently lays at the bottom of the sea about 180 miles or 290 kilometers southeast of Kyushu.

2. Iowa Class
The iowa class battleship was possibly the best class of battleship available to the US and they were capable of displacing 57,000 tons of water! It contained nine 16 inch naval cannons, twenty 5 inch 28 cal guns. Something a little bit more powerful was needed in case the Nazis sailed a little bit too far east and this was their answer. They were so good, they were even upgraded during the cold war and korean war. It consisted of 6 different ships which all made it out of the war in one piece. This included the iowa, the New jersey, the Missouri, the wisconsin, illinois and kentucky. Used primarily at the end of the war, it was the extra advantage the allies needed to gain control in the far east. Offensive operations included the conflict at iwo jima, and okinawa.


47 thoughts on “Most POWERFUL WWII Battleships!

  1. Bismarck no 1 ..go to school.. boy

  2. When I hear this dude’s voice I exit quickly as he’s fully shit and doesn’t know his facts

  3. Jack Simmonds says:

    uss Iowa was the best of the best

  4. raju nani says:


  5. Amandus Öhrn says:

    What about Scharnhorst class battleships? A Swedish Guy.

  6. CHIA ZHONG LIANG student says:

    ijin yamato is better than iwoa and brismark

  7. Sizzle Mar says:

    This is not a war focused channel and don’t keep your spectations high for this kind of stuff so stop saying this is inaccurate

  8. Jaden Miyasan says:

    9:42 battleships don’t sail anymore the last one to sail was the Missouri in desert storm.

  9. Deion binns says:

    There is still one in Raleigh where I live and ww2 veterans go and visit it

  10. Rian Van heerden says:

    Dont agree with his list
    Why is bismark number 1? Neither of the two ships survived ww2…Iowa class was far superior and all ships survived
    Secondly he says there are 6 iowa class battleships that survived and goes on to mention kentucky and illinois…both of these ships were never completed so they do not count
    The yamato displaced around 65000tons not 72000tons

  11. McKaylah Tafunai says:

    Great video but I think the Iowa class can totally out wit the Bismarck class ,what about the Montana class, though the plan for them was dropped it would be cool to see what ships they would out class

  12. Soviet_union says:

    Bismarck and Tirpitz were outclassed by ships before then

  13. Soviet_union says:

    Iowa class battkeship were not better than Yamato

  14. Soviet_union says:

    15mm guns like hats gonna use anything

  15. Jesse Maass says:

    You are wrong about the Iowa Class ships. Only 4 were built and completed. The Missouri and Kentucky were laid down but scrapped. Only 4 ships served and the New Jersey is the most decorated ship.

  16. Marnick Hemkes says:

    If you compare the ships with armor and fire power the ranks would look like this

    10 Richelieu class
    9 Littorio Class
    8 colorado class
    7 Nelson Class
    6 Nagato Class
    5 North Carolina class
    4 Bismarck class
    3 South Dakota class
    2 Iowa class
    1 yamato class

    If you look up to tech the iowa is better then the yamato since the iowa used a radar firing control system while the yamato class used an optical firing control system that's less accurate then the us its radar but again its a matter of luck and it depends on the weather and time of the day in clear weather the yamato would have favored better but in bad weather the iowa would favor better there is also a matter of speed iowa was way faster then the yamato so it can easily dodge and escape but the armor however is worse then it of the yamato

  17. Marnick Hemkes says:

    Dunkerque was way weaker than its german counterparts however the french built them in response of the deutschland class armored cruisers/"pocket" battleships

  18. DJ BARRIENTOS says:

    When hms prince of whales

  19. DIMONDMINER181 says:

    I love how when he says South Dakota he shows a Iowa class warship.

  20. 1.Yamato Class
    2.Iowa Class
    3.Bismarck Class
    Nuff said


    how about the IJN MOSASHI?

  22. Florin 248 says:

    No Bismark? No Tirpitz?! 😂

  23. Jean bart Is TO oP she can even beat yamato and iowa

  24. KBS KBREEZY says:

    Bismarck over the Iowa 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  25. Crazy Gaming says:

    Please this video is pretty innacurate
    Bismarck was destroyed by enemy warships and Bismarck only sank 1 ship (HMS Hood)
    Also 4 British warships came (2 cruisers, 2 battleships) came to finish the job not one
    And that’s only the Bismarck, there’s obviously more

  26. You forgot about the USS Arizona

  27. Andriyanti Wagianto says:

    Hms nelson how about that

  28. Thomas Warner says:


  29. The Trump News Network says:

    The Bismarck was scuttled not "finished off"

  30. infini-T vals says:

    Imagine that USS Montana,IJN Yamato,and FS Alsace met each other in a battle..well if 2 out of them were not cancelled…

  31. Kevin 5439 says:

    The Bismark rated as #1… I'm sorry but it would be a hard sell at the #5 position. The Bismark was a powerhouse in that theater of war, for its time, but was outclassed easily by ships like Yamato, North Carolina, South Dakota, Iowa, ect… The Bismark's armor was no better than the North Carolina and South Dakota classes and far outdone by the Yamato class. Bismark's armament was far outclassed by the Yamato's 18" guns, and by the American North Carolina and South Dakota's 16" 45 caliber guns and of course the Iowa's 16" 50 caliber main guns. The American's also had the advantage of radar directed fire control for is 16" main guns (something the Japanese lacked). Bismark's only real claim to fame was sinking the HMS Hood. The HSM Hood wasn't even a battleship and shouldn't have been on this list as it was a battle cruiser. HSM hood packed battleship guns but with the armor of a cruiser it had a severe "glass jaw". Built to fight WWI the HMS Hood stood no chance against the then very modern Bismark which was at least a true battleship. The fictitious narrative of the Bismark's power as a battleship can best be summarized by her sister ship Tirpitz. The Tirpitz refused to engage in battle with the USS South Dakota which was actively trying to draw it into open battle during her Atlantic deployment as the Tirpitz's crew knew it was a fight she couldn't win and thus remained in hiding.

    The top two spots should go to the US Iowa class and the Japanese Yamato class. Really you can interchange these two ship classes as they are on pretty much equal terms when it comes to most powerful battleship class ever.

  32. SodiumChloride says:

    Yamato class ship is the most powerful ship during WWII this video is inaccurate
    Yamato was hit 17 bombs and 19 torpedo before it sunks it even has the type 94 main guns

  33. Jan Molin Jensen says:

    oh dear! What a shambels. Battleship classes by power: 1 Yamato class, 2. Iowa class, 3 South Dakota class, 4 Nelson class, 5 Bismarck class, 6 Richeliue class, 7 Admiralty class

  34. Kurt Kuczynski says:

    Holy crap, this video is bad. The South Dakota and North Carolina class of battleships were more than capable than dealing with the Bismark, Fuso, Hood, and the Italian ships.
    There are plenty of inaccuracies as well.

  35. Kurt Kuczynski says:

    The North Carolina's did not break the treaty before the Japanese. They didn't upgrade their armor either. They were supposed to be equipped with 14in guns, which is what the armor was designed to resist. However, the US evoked the escalator clause and upgraded the main battery to 16" guns once the Japanese abandoned the treaty.
    It's funny also that you mention the NoCals involvement in the turkey shoot, which is famous as an carrier battle, but you ignore the fact that the USS Washington actually sank a Japanese battleship, the Kirshima.

  36. محمد يسرا says:


  37. David Plater says:

    Wat about the hms warspite it had the most battle honours of any British warship!

  38. top 3 bismarck
    top 2 missouri
    top 1 YAMATO!!!!!

  39. Phat Louie says:

    What about cruiser USS Indianapolis.

  40. Newbie Gamer says:

    I love battleships

  41. Totoaal Osprey says:

    Uggh he only talked about “torpedos” for subs witch is wrong and didn’t even mention depth charges.

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