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Night fight

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At night, in a combat situation, there is an enemy that is more dangerous than all the others: darkness.

Under the cover of darkness, the most sinister crimes were committed and impressive victories were won. Anyone who managed to correctly navigate the night darkness, could dictate their own rules and smash a helpless opponent.


I. Aivazovsky “Chesmensky battle”


Night battle in the raid of the same name bay, ended with a 20 score to 1 for personnel losses and 15 to 1 for losses of main linear forces. 7 July 1770 was the day of military glory of the Russian Navy, with Ibrahim Pasha’s fleet defeating the fleet. At midnight, the Russian sailors shot the enemy’s line, focusing on the explosions and flames of burning Turkish ships, then burned the remaining sailboats with the help of firefighters (“lighters” ships that burned enemy line forces along with them; the crew of the firearm escaped the boats after the wake was set on fire).

Night fight


The sea is raging!
Far from Savo Island,
The Milky Way is spreading.


On the night of August 9 1942, the samurai went around the island counterclockwise, killing everyone in their path. So without having had time to really understand who shot from where, Astoria, Canberra, Vincennes, Quincy left the dark waters of the strait, the cruiser Chicago received serious injuries. The Allies' irretrievable losses amounted to 1077 people. against 58 killed by the Japanese. After destroying the entire compound, the samurai dissolved in the night mist. Mayhem about. Savo entered history as the “second Pearl Harbor” - so great was the burden of loss and disappointment with the actions of US Navy.



In the first photo - the unfortunate “Quincy”, brightly lit by spotlights of Japanese cruisers. He left to live no more than 30 minutes. On the left, there is another burning ship, presumably the Vincennes TKR.

On the second - the flagship of Vice-Admiral Mikawa heavy cruiser “Chokai”. Following the searchlight beam, a barrage of fire will fly soon. During the short battle, the ship managed to release over three hundred 203 mm shells and eight 650 mm torpedoes (“long lance”).

Before the mass appearance of the radar, the Japanese were recognized masters of the night battle.


“Six-inch machine gun”: the cruiser “Helena” is firing at the Japanese in the Gulf of Kula. Ships of this type could do up to 100 shots. per minute the main (152 mm) caliber, approaching the technical rate of fire to the Kalashnikov machine gun.

But “Helene” did not help this - this fight was his last.

Since the end of the last world war in 1945, the forty largest economies in the world have not openly fought each other. Therefore, despite the high-quality growth of photographic equipment, images of any night battles are missing. To match the number of losses - a few units on the background of the grand tragedies of World War II.

Night shots and explosions of the recent past - for the most part, the result of tests or accidents.



The explosion of the cellars of the frigate “Anti-Loop” ammunition in an attempt to unsuccessfully mine unexploded bombs. Two dead. Falkland War, 1982 year



The merciless fire of the battleship Missouri tanks and fortifications in the area of ​​Kuwait Airport



Night battle of the Japanese destroyer “Kurama” with a South Korean tanker under the Kanmon Bridge, 2009



The result of the bout is many hours of fire and three injured sailors.



Fire training of personnel on board the BBC Marshal Shaposhnikov, the night before the storming of the tanker Moscow University, captured by pirates. Gulf of Aden, 2010



Unsuccessful launch of the Bulava SLBM, shot above one of the coastal regions of Norway



“Gauges” fly east. Caspian ship volley flotilla on IG infrastructure facilities. Naturally banned in Russia



American "otvetka" Shairat airbase. Moment of RGM-109E '' Tactical Tomahawk ”exit from the universal launcher shaft



Group take-off of Sea Knight helicopters from the deck of the landing ship



The turn of the automatic anti-aircraft gun “Phalanx”. The self-defense shipboard complex was adopted by the American army, suffering from regular mortar attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Land modification of the marine complex, which received the designation C-RAM “Centurion”




The heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” performs combat missions as part of the operational compound of the far sea zone off the coast of Syria



Night "Syrian express" should be in Tartus. The moment of passage by a large landing ship (BDK) "Yamal" Bosphorus



Fighters “Dassault Rafale” on the deck of the aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”. Amazingly beautiful French technique



The nightly “grin of socialism” (nickname 1164 Ave. in the fleets of NATO countries) is the flagship of the Black Sea fleet GRKR “Moscow”. Night illumination only additionally underlines the monumentality of the cruiser and the power of its weapons
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  1. Bormanxnumx
    Bormanxnumx 20 November 2017 07: 21
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    Night battle of the Japanese destroyer “Kurama” with a South Korean tanker under the Kanmon Bridge, 2009

    The author decided to open a new page in the history of the Japanese navy?))) The word "battle" is more appropriate to quote, because there the destroyer collided with a container ship. And the pictures are beautiful)))
    1. 97110
      97110 20 November 2017 14: 57
      +1
      Quote: BORMAN82
      there destroyerа collided with a container ship.

      Almost Japanese ... Imitation of Copyright
      burned the remaining sailboats using a firebrand (lighter ships)
      ? Or do the Japanese bend the firewalls?
      I agree with the beauty of the pictures.
  2. ICT
    ICT 20 November 2017 08: 06
    +1
    Quote: BORMAN82
    And the pictures are beautiful)))

  3. mr.ZinGer
    mr.ZinGer 20 November 2017 08: 17
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    "Article" is nothing, a mess of some events and photos. The level of school wall newspapers.
    1. Serg65
      Serg65 20 November 2017 08: 27
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      Quote: mr.ZinGer
      School wall newspaper level.

      laughing laughing laughing
      Mr. Singer, you’ll excuse Comrade Kaptsov, in today's article there is really little blood and not a word about armor!
    2. antivirus
      antivirus 20 November 2017 09: 15
      +2
      tasty porridge
  4. Serg65
    Serg65 20 November 2017 08: 23
    +5
    Welcome Oleg hi
    I’ll supplement your list of night incidents a bit.
    In the 1983 year in Sevastopol from the Mediterranean Sea returned MTSC "Anti-aircraft gunner" pr.266 M. (if my memory serves me right). The commander, to spend the night calmly, was attached to the AUG at the head of AB "America". At night, the Americans started a bombing test on a surface target, the bombing was carried out along the wake track in 100 m from the stern of the ship. The tragicomicity of this situation is that the pilots mixed up the wake trace of the last destroyer in the warrant with the trace of the “Anti-aircraft gun”, everything would have been fine, but the commander of our MTP has lost nerve cells for years to come bully
    It was a story with a smile, and now not to smiles!

    On the night of May 10 of 1972, in the Vietnamese port of Kam Fa, as a result of a raid by American carrier-based aircraft from a direct hit by bombs, the bulk carrier "Grisha Hakobyan" was killed!
    1. Monarchist
      Monarchist 20 November 2017 12: 42
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      Serdg; (I don’t like the number: the monarchs had numbers, did you already have 64?) about the cargo ship “Grisha Hakobyan” I vaguely recall now: in “Pioneer Truth” (?) Screaming headlines and a photograph.
      Let me supplement the list: the battleship "Empress Maria" was blown up in 1916 in Sevastopol, the battleship "Novorossiysk" ("Julius Caesar") was probably blown up by Italian saboteurs at night in 1955
  5. burigaz2010
    burigaz2010 20 November 2017 09: 25
    +4
    Ha recognized Oleg on the first lines! The article is about nothing, but plus for the photos!
  6. Monarchist
    Monarchist 20 November 2017 12: 22
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    Quote: BORMAN82
    Night battle of the Japanese destroyer “Kurama” with a South Korean tanker under the Kanmon Bridge, 2009

    The author decided to open a new page in the history of the Japanese navy?))) The word "battle" is more appropriate to quote, because there the destroyer collided with a container ship. And the pictures are beautiful)))

    I agree with you: the author twisted on the word: "battle", but the pictures are really good
  7. Monarchist
    Monarchist 20 November 2017 12: 43
    +1
    Quote: burigaz2010
    Ha recognized Oleg on the first lines! The article is about nothing, but plus for the photos!

    You are right: the author’s family trait, and I looked at the pictures with pleasure