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Gary



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:59 am    Post subject: Haruna Reply with quote

Hi Guys,
does anybody have any details of the Japanese battlecruiser Haruna being mined in 1918? I have seen it written that it was near New Zealand. Any ideas where she was repaired? ANy photographs of damage?
cheers Gary.
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tone
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know nothing at all of this incident. Whose mine was it? Australian? I did not know any German ships had time or capacity to mine waters down there in the early days.

Tell us what you know of it, Gary?

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Gary



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Further info Reply with quote

Hi Tone,
several web sites that mention Haruna mention that she was mined in the Pacific in 1917, for example:
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-fornv/japan/japsh-h/haruna.htm
"While in the south Pacific in 1917, she was damaged by a mine laid by the German auxiliary cruiser Wolf." Whilst another site says similar:
"Haruna, according to two sources, was damaged in the South Pacific on a mine laid by German raider 'Wolf'. Mines were laid by the raider in mid-1917 off New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, and Singapore, but this incident needs confirmation"
The mines were laid off Cook Strait, NZ and off Gabo Island in Bass Strait. The Gabo barrier damaged the steamer 'Cumberland' which had to be beached, but I can't find details about Haruna, but believe she was damaged on the Cook Strait barrier. If she was repaired in NZ then perhaps there are photographs of damage over there.
I have a map of 'Wolfs' progress and the general areas of the mine fields. If you want I can scan it and send it to you.
best wishes Gary.
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maxyang



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about the history, but I do know there are people who may know well.

http://www.combinedfleet.com/ has a lot of stuff related to IJN ships and try the forums at
http://two.guestbook.de/gb.cgi?gid=395918&prot=ivenmt
http://www.j-aircraft.org/smf/index.php?board=5.0

They should be knowledgeable about the topic.

Max
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would definitely try contacting the people at combinedfleet.com
They focus on WW2 operations, clearly, but may know some more or know who can help from the Japanese side.

Certainly post back when you learn more.

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