The Imperial Japanese Navy of World War 2 surpassed the Allied and Axis fleets in innovation and technology. This title covers the 12 Japanese battleships that saw service between 1941-45. Each class is considered in turn in light of its design and construction, its armament and wartime modifications. The author, Mark Stille, also uses first-hand accounts and dramatic photographs to tell the story of these mighty battleships at war, including major engagements during the raid at Pearl Harbor and the battle of Midway. He also examines the wider context of Japanese battleship development by looking at the naval strategy and cult of the battleship. This title will fascinate any naval enthusiast, and the detailed color plates will make it essential for modelers of the period.
|Series:||New Vanguard Series|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)|
About 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. This is his second book for Osprey. The author lives in Dunn Loring, Virginia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book contains detailed information on some of Japans'capital ships,constructed before and during the 2nd world war.It is interesting to note that most of her capital ships were built in England,since England and Japan were Allies during W.W.1,where the Japanese fought the Germans at Tsingtao-the Germans had a small piece of China before the War.Other battleships that were designed were either turned into other ship type (notably aircraft carriers) or were scrapped at the design table.
Starting with pre Dreadnought battleship development and Japanese naval tactics this book gives a good overview of the 12 battleships of the Japanese Navy. Starting with the Kongo Class and ending with the Yamato Class all ships are described with their general modifications during their lifetime and their participation in the Pacific theatre of WW2. As always these Osprey books have a good balance of historical researched text, photos and coloured templates. Also a bibliography leads to further recommended sources. This book makes appetite for more detailed books about the individual battleships, because the Japanese Battleships had their own design with the large pagoda tower.