List of broadsides of major World War II ships

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The list of broadsides of major World War II ships is a comparative listing ranking the main armament broadside weight of major vessels in service during World War II. Listed are the broadside in pounds and kilograms (for a single main battery salvo), as well as the range to which it can be fired in yards and kilometres and the maximum rate of fire in salvos per minute. However, the list does not account for the variances in fire control, which by the end of the war was firmly in the Allies' favor with advances in radar technology.

Items are listed in order of broadside weight.

Country Vessel No.
built
Main gun:
number and caliber
Broadside weight Maximum range Maximum
rate of fire
(/min)
(lb) (kg) (yd) (km)
Japan Yamato-class battleship 2 9 x 46 cm (18.1 in) 45 cal Type 94 28,971 13,141 45,960 42.0 2
USA Iowa-class battleship 4 9 x 16" 50 cal Mark 7 24,300 11,022 42,345 38.7 2
USA North Carolina-class battleship 2 9 x 16" 45 cal Mark 6 24,300 11,022 36,900 33.7 2
USA South Dakota-class battleship 4 9 x 16" 45 cal Mark 6 24,300 11,022 36,900 33.7 2
UK Nelson-class battleship 2 9 x BL 16-inch Mk I 18,432 8,360 39,780 36.4 1.5
USA Tennessee-class battleship 2 12 x 14" 50 cal Marks 7 & 11 18,000 8,165 36,300 33.2 2
USA New Mexico-class battleship 3 12 x 14" 50 cal Marks 7 & 11 18,000 8,165 36,300 33.2 2
USA Pennsylvania-class battleship 2 12 x 14" 45 cal Marks 8, 9, 10 & 12 18,000 8,165 36,000 33.0 2
Japan Nagato-class battleship 2 8 x 16" 45 cal 3rd Year Type 17,992 8,161 42,000 38.4 2
USA Colorado-class battleship 3 8 x 16" 45 cal Mark 5 17,920 8,128 35,000 32.0 2
Japan Ise-class battleship 2 12 x 14" 45 cal 41st Year Type 17,820 8,083 38,770 35.5 2
Japan Fusō-class battleship 2 12 x 14" 45 cal 41st Year Type 17,820 8,083 38,770 35.5 2
Italy Vittorio Veneto-class battleship 3 9 x 15" 50 cal Ansaldo 1934 17,559 7,964 46,216 42.3 1.3
UK King George V-class battleship 5 10 x BL 14-inch Mk VII 15,900 7,212 38,560 35.3 2
France Richelieu-class battleship 2 8 x 15" 45 cal Modèle 1935 15,592 7,070 45,600 41.7 2
UK Queen Elizabeth-class battleship 5 8 x BL 15-inch Mk I 15,504 7,030 33,550 30.7 2
UK Revenge-class battleship 5 8 x BL 15-inch Mk I 15,504 7,030 33,550 30.7 2
UK battlecruiser HMS Hood 1 8 x BL 15-inch Mk I 15,360 6,970 30,180 27.6 2
USA Nevada-class battleship 2 10 x 14" 45 cal Marks 8, 9, 10 & 12 15,000 6,800 36,000 33.0 2
USA New York-class battleship 2 10 x 14" 45 cal Marks 8, 9, 10 & 12 15,000 6,800 36,000 33.0 2
Germany Bismarck-class battleship 2 8 x 15" 52 cal SK C/34 14,112 6,400 38,880 35.6 2.5
France Bretagne-class battleship 3 10 x 13.4" 45 cal M1912 12,680 5,752 29,090 26.6 2
USSR Gangut-class battleship 4 12 x 12" 52 cal P1907 12,456 5,650 32,080 29.3 2-3
Japan Kongō-class battlecruiser 4 8 x 14" 45 cal 41st Year Type 11,880 5,389 38,770 35.5 2
UK Renown-class battlecruiser 2 6 x BL 15-inch Mk I 11,628 5,274 33,550 30.7 2
Italy Andrea Doria-class battleship 2 10 x 12.6" 44 cal M1936 11,570 5,248 31,280 28.6 2
Italy Conte di Cavour-class battleship 2 10 x 12.6" 44 cal M1934 11,570 5,248 31,280 28.6 2
France Courbet-class battleship 2 12 x 12" 45 cal M1910 11,424 5,182 25,150 23.0 2
Argentina Rivadavia-class battleship 2 12 x 12" 50 cal Bethlehem 10,440 4,736 24,000 22.0 2-3
USA Battleship USS Arkansas 1 12 x 12" 50 cal Mark 7 10,440 4,736 24,000 22.0 3
USA Alaska-class battlecruiser 2 9 x 12" 50 cal Mark 8 10,260 4,654 38,573 35.3 3
Brazil Battleship Minas Geraes 2 12 x 12" 45 cal EOC 10,200 4,627 18,850 17.2 3
France Dunkerque-class battlecruiser 2 8 x 13" 50 cal M1931 9,880 4,481 45,600 41.7 2
Turkey Battlecruiser Yavuz 1 10 x 11.1" 50 cal SK 6,660 3,020 23,730 21.7 3
Germany Scharnhorst-class battleship 2 9 x 11.1" 54.5 cal SK C/34 6,552 2,972 44,760 40.9 3
Germany Deutschland-class cruiser 3 6 x 11.1" 52 cal SK C/28 3,966 1,799 39,890 36.5 2
UK Roberts-class monitor 2 2 x BL 15-inch Mk I 3,840 1,742 32,500 29.7 2
UK Erebus-class monitor 2 2 x BL 15-inch Mk I 3,840 1,742 32,500 29.7 2
USA 5 of 7 New Orleans-class cruisers 5 9 x 8" 55 cal Marks 12 & 15 3,015 1,368 30,050 27.5 4
USA Baltimore-class cruiser 12 9 x 8" 55 cal Marks 12 & 15 3,015 1,368 30,050 27.5 4
Japan Takao-class cruiser 4 10 x 8" 50 cal 3rd Year Type GÔ2 2,770 1,256 32,150 29.4 4
Japan Mogami-class cruiser 4 10 x 8" 50 cal 3rd Year Type GÔ2 2,770 1,256 32,150 29.4 4
Japan Myōkō-class cruiser 4 10 x 8" 50 cal 3rd Year Type GÔ2 2,770 1,256 32,150 29.4 4
USA Pensacola-class cruiser 2 10 x 8" 55 cal Marks 9 & 14 2,600 1,179 31,860 29.1 4
Germany Battleship Schlesien 2 4 x 11.1" 40 cal SK 2,504 1,136 28,040 25.6 2
France Suffren-class cruiser 7 8 x 8" 50 cal M1924 2,360 1,070 34,340 31.4 5
France Duquesne-class cruiser 2 8 x 8" 50 cal M1924 2,360 1,070 34,340 31.4 5
USA 2 of 7 New Orleans-class cruisers 2 9 x 8" 55 cal Marks 9 & 14 2,340 1,061 31,860 29.1 4
Greece Cruiser Georgios Averof 1 4 x 9.2" 45 cal Mk X + 8 x 7.5" 2,320 1,052
Japan Tone-class cruiser 2 8 x 8" 50 cal 3rd Year Type GÔ2 2,216 1,005 32,150 29.4 4
Italy Zara-class cruiser 4 8 x 8" 53 cal Ansaldo M1927 2,210 1,002 34,520 31.6 4
Italy 1 of 3 Trento-class cruisers (the Bolzano) 1 8 x 8" 53 cal Ansaldo M1929 2,210 1,002 34,520 31.6 4
Germany Admiral Hipper-class cruiser 4 8 x 8" 60 cal SK c/34 2,152 976 36,680 33.5 5
Italy 2 of 3 Trento-class cruisers 2 8 x 8" 50 cal Model 1924 2,080 944 30,620 28.0 1.5
UK County-class cruiser 13 8 x BL 8-inch Mk VIII 2,048 929 30,650 28.0 5
Italy Cruiser San Giorgio 1 4 x 10" 45 cal Model 1908 2,000 907 27,300 25.0 3
Finland Väinämöinen-class coastal defense ship 2 4 x 10" 1,984 900 33,140 30.3 3
USA Brooklyn-class cruiser 7 15 x 6" 47 cal Mark 16 1,950 885 26,118 23.9 8
USSR Kirov-class cruiser 6 9 x 7.1" 57 cal 1,935 878 41,000 37.5 6
Japan Aoba-class cruiser 2 6 x 8" 50 cal 3rd Year Type GÔ2 1,662 754 32,150 29.4 4
Japan Furutaka-class cruiser 2 6 x 8" 50 cal 3rd Year Type GÔ2 1,662 754 32,150 29.4 4
USA Cleveland-class cruiser 27 12 x 6" 47 cal Mark 16 1,560 708 26,118 23.9 8
UK York-class cruiser 2 6 x BL 8-inch Mk VIII 1,536 697 30,650 27.9 5
Japan Kasuga-class cruiser 2 1 x 10" + 2 x 8" + 4 x 6" 1,400 635 19,700 18.0 3
UK 1936 Town class cruiser 10 12 x 6-inch Mk XXIII 1,344 610 25,480 23.3 6
UK Crown Colony-class cruiser 11 12 x 6-inch Mk XXIII 1,344 610 25,400 23.2 6
Argentina Veinticinco de Mayo-class cruiser 2 6 x 7.5" 52 cal 1,200 544 29,855 27.3
Denmark Coast defense ship Peder Skram 1 2 x 9.4" + 4 x 5.9" 1,154 523
Italy Abruzzi subclass of Condottieri-class cruisers 2 10 x 6" 53 cal M1934, M1936 1,102 500 28,150 25.7 4
France La Galissonnière-class cruiser 10 9 x 152 mm (6.0 in) 55 cal 1,071 486 28,952 26.5 8
Netherlands Java-class cruiser 2 10 x 5.9" 50 cal 1,030 467 23,200 21.2
Denmark Coast defense ship Niels Juel 1 10 x 5.9" 1,010 458
Argentina Independencia-class coastal defense ship 2 2 x 9.4" 40 cal 1,000 454
France Duguay-Trouin-class cruiser 3 8 x 155 mm (6.1 in) 50 cal 1,000 454 28,540 26.1 4
Japan Izumo-class cruiser 2 4 x 203 mm (8.0 in) 45 cal 1,000 454 19,700 18.0 5
Japan Cruiser Yakumo (training duties only during WWII) 1 4 x 8" 45 cal 1,000 454 19,700 18.0 5
Japan Cruiser Azuma (training duties only during WWII) 1 4 x 8" 45 cal 1,000 454 19,700 18.0 5
Argentina Cruiser La Argentina 1 9 x 6" 50 cal 900 408 25,700 23.5
Germany "K" class cruiser 3 9 x 149.1 mm (5.9 in) C/25 900 408 28,100 25.7 8
Germany Leipzig-class cruiser 2 9 x 149.1 mm (5.9 in) 60 cal 900 408 28,100 25.7 8
Australia Light cruiser HMAS Adelaide 1 9 x 6-inch Mk XII 900 408 21,500 19.6 5-7
UK Leander-class cruiser 7 8 x 6-inch Mk XXIII 896 406 25,480 23.3 6
USSR Cruiser Krasny Kavkaz 1 4 x 7.1" 57 cal 860 390 41,000 37.5 6
USA Omaha-class cruiser 10 4 x 6" 53 cal Mark 16
& 3 x 6" 53 cal Mark 13 (per side)
840 381 25,300
Mark 16
23.1
Mark 16
5
Italy 3 of 4 subclasses of Condottieri-class cruisers 10 8 x 6" 53 cal M1926, M1929 838 380 24,716 22.6 4 (M1926)
8 (M1929)
Japan Chikuma-class cruiser 3 8 x 6" 45 cal 800 363 16,185 14.8
UK Dido-class cruiser 11 10 x QF 5.25-inch Mk I 800 363 24,070 22.0 7
USA 4 of 8 Atlanta-class cruisers 4 12 + 2 wingmount per side =
14 x 5" 38 cal Mark 12
773 350 17,392 15.9 15 - 22
Japan Cruiser Ōyodo 1 6 x 6.1" 60 cal 738 335 29,960 27.4 5
Netherlands Cruiser De Ruyter 1 7 x 5.9" 50 cal 721 327 23,200 21.2
Argentina Coast defense ship General Belgrano 2 2 x 10" 35 cal 706 320
UK Emerald-class cruiser 2 7 x BL 6-inch Mark VII 700 318 18,750 17.1 5
UK Arethusa-class cruiser 4 6 x BL 6-inch Mk XXIII 672 305 25,480 23.3 6
USA 4 of 8 Atlanta-class cruisers 4 12 x 5" 38 cal Mark 12 662 300 17,392 15.9 15 - 22
USSR Cruiser Krasni Krym 2 8 (of 15) x 5.1" 55 cal 648 294 20,690 19.2 6
Norway Coast defense ship Harald Haarfagre 4 2 x 8.2" 626 284
Netherlands Cruiser Tromp 2 6 x 5.9" 50 cal 618 280 23,200 21.2
Germany Cruiser Emden 1 8 x 150 mm (5.9 in) 45 cal 600 272 18,370 16.8
Japan Agano-class cruiser 4 6 x 150 mm (5.9 in) 50 cal 600 272 22,970 21.0 8
UK Danae-class cruiser 8 6 x BL 6-inch Mk XII 600 272 21,500 19.6 5-7
Italy Capitani Romani-class cruiser 3 8 x 5.3" 45 cal M1938 577 262 21,435 19.6 6
Japan Cruiser Yūbari 1 6 x 5.5" 50 cal 500 227 19,140 17.5 8
Japan Sendai-class cruiser 3 6 x 5.5" 50 cal 500 227 19,140 17.5 8
Japan Nagara-class cruiser 6 6 x 5.5" 50 cal 500 227 19,140 17.5 8
Japan Kuma-class cruiser 5 6 x 5.5" 50 cal 500 227 19,140 17.5 8
Japan Seaplane carrier Nisshin 1 6 x 5.5" 50 cal 500 227 19,140 17.5 8
UK C-class cruiser 4 5 x BL 6-inch Mk XII 500 227 21,500 19.6 5-7