The Japanese battleship Musashi was found this month, during a particular expedition, 70 years after it was sunk by American troops during World War II. Destroyed in the battle of Leyte Gulf, known as the biggest naval battle in modern history, the ship was discovered a mile deep in the Sibuyan sea, the archipelago of the Philippines.
The American billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, who coordinated the expedition, announced the discovery on Monday on his Twitter account. The billionaire, who says he visits the history of World War II, had begun the search for the ship eight years ago. The Musashi was located by an underwater vehicle as a kind of robot that explores the depths of the sea, after extensive analysis on the territory of the region.
In 1944, the ship was attacked by Japanese warplanes of the United States and sank with about 1,000 men on board. The battle of Leyte Gulf was of great importance to the outcome of the second world war. According to historians, the defeat imposed on Japanese Americans contributed to the war ended the following year.
The region of the Philippines was strategic as it was part of the Japanese maritime route to make the supply and fuel supply. The intention of the allies to conquer the region was to prevent the Japan could purchase products of extreme importance, such as oil, which would finish the war. It was at the battle of Leyte, the Kamikazes, suicide pilots stepped in more effectively. The pilots were a Japanese attempt to impose some damage to American troops, who dominated the battle