WWII Japanese Ship's Compass, Destroyer Yukikaze
This compass was in the executive officer's cabin of the I.J.N destroyer Yukikaze and presented by Admiral Oscar C. Badger to historian and author of German Raiders of World War Two, August Muggenthaler. Launched in 1939, Yukikaze served in the invasions of the Philippines and Dutch East Indies and the battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Java Sea, Kula Gulf, Santa Cruz, Bismarck Sea, Guadalcanal, Marianas, Leyte Gulf, Philippine Sea and Operation Ten Go (the abortive attack on the Okinawa landing force during which the battleship Yamato was sunk). She also was serving escort duty with the ultra secret super carrier Shinano when she was torpedoed and sunk by a US submarine. Her name means "Snowy Wind" and was considered unsinkable by her crews. She was one of only two of the 82 Japanese destroyers built before the war to have survived WWII. Yukikaze Specifications: Kagero-class destroyer of 2,490 tons displacement; 388 feet; armament 6-5"/50 calibre guns mounted in 3 turrets, 8-24" torpedo tubes, and multiple anti-aircraft guns; maximum speed 36 kts. She was handed over to Nationalist China to become the Tan Yang and was finally scrapped in 1970. I.J.N DD Hatusimo is also marked on the compass. Hatusimo was a 1368 ton Hatuharu- class destroyer launched in 1933. She was sunk in the Japan Sea by a mine on July 30, 1945. The dual markings indicate that the compass may have been transferred during the war. Bezel diameter 4 1/4", wood box 6 3/8" square.
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