Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers 1921-45

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The Imperial Japanese Navy was a poineer in naval aviation, having commissioned the world's first built-from-the-keel-up carrier, the Hosho. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the IJN experimented with its carriers, perfecting their design and construction. As a result, by the time Japan entered World War II and attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor in 1941, it possessed a fantastically effective naval aviation force. This book covers the design, development, and operation of IJN aircraft carriers built prior ...
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Overview

The Imperial Japanese Navy was a poineer in naval aviation, having commissioned the world's first built-from-the-keel-up carrier, the Hosho. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the IJN experimented with its carriers, perfecting their design and construction. As a result, by the time Japan entered World War II and attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor in 1941, it possessed a fantastically effective naval aviation force. This book covers the design, development, and operation of IJN aircraft carriers built prior to and during World War II. Pearl Harbor, Midway, and the battle of the Coral Sea - the first carrier vs carrier battle - are all discussed.
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"Though it only has 48 pages, the book works well with what is has as it provides some impressive information about all of the carriers (some of it, which may impress those that have researched about the subject matter for a long time). This book is mainly for historians (mainly as a starting point for those wanting to learn more about the subject matter), collectors and modelers." -Andrew Nguyen, www.combinedfleet.com (July 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841768533
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 309,757
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Japanese Carrier Development 3
Aircraft, Aircraft Operations, and Aircraft Handling Facilities 5
Carrier Shipboard Weapons 7
Carrier Radar and Fighter Defense 8
Carrier Names 10
Pre-War-Built Carriers 10
Hosho
Akagi
Kaga
Ryujo
Soryu class
Shokaku class
The Light Carrier Conversions 21
Shoho class
Hiyo class
Ryuho
Chitose class
Fleet Carrier Wartime Construction 35
Taiho
Unryu class
Shinano
The Escort Carriers 40
Taiyo class
Kaiyo
Shinyo
Conclusion 43
Bibliography 44
Color Plate Commentary 45
Index 48
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Good information, not too many details

    This book is a good source regarding prewar Japanese carrier construction. I was hoping for artistic renderings of all or at least most of the IJN carriers based on the cover of the book, but this turned out to be the exception rather than the rule. Still, this book contains good background on Japanese carriers built before and during the Asia-Pacific War as well as numerous photographs and other illustrations of various ships.

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