Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers 1941-1945

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Designed with little more than a passing nod to the international naval treaties of the inter-war period, the Imperial Japanese Navy's heavy cruisers were fast and heavily armed. Like the other vessels of the Japanese Navy, the heavy cruisers were technologically superior to and far more innovative than their Allied rivals, whom they met in many of the major Pacific Theater battles, including Midway and Leyte Gulf. Mark Stille continues his study of the IJN of WWII with this fascinating topic, addressing the ...

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Overview

Designed with little more than a passing nod to the international naval treaties of the inter-war period, the Imperial Japanese Navy's heavy cruisers were fast and heavily armed. Like the other vessels of the Japanese Navy, the heavy cruisers were technologically superior to and far more innovative than their Allied rivals, whom they met in many of the major Pacific Theater battles, including Midway and Leyte Gulf. Mark Stille continues his study of the IJN of WWII with this fascinating topic, addressing the design and development of all 18 ships in the six heavy cruiser classes, from pre-war construction and mid-war alterations, their operational histories and eventual fates.

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"A great deal of information has been packed between these covers, and with this latest New Vanguard edition, Osprey has produced one of the most comprehensive guides possible within its short 48 pages. Highly recommended." - Bill Kluge, IPMS/USA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849081481
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 461,228
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Commander (retired) Mark O Stille served as a career Naval Intelligence Officer, spending over five years of his naval career assigned to various US Navy carriers. He continues to work in this field in a civilian capacity. He holds an MA from the Naval War College and has had several wargames published. He lives in Virginia, USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Japanese Naval Strategy and the Role of the Heavy Cruiser 4

Japanese Heavy Cruiser Development 6

Japanese Heavy Cruiser Weapons

Japanese Heavy Cruiser Radar

The Heavy Cruiser Classes 10

Furutaka and Aoba Classes

Myoko Class

Takao Class

Mogami Class

Tone Class

Analysis and Conclusion 44

Bibliography 47

Index 48

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