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Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945 Hardcover – Nov 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Inst Pr (November 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087021893X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870218934
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 2.5 x 25.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,655,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The most complete single reference on the IJN Dec 25 1999
By wonderrat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945 is the culmination of three German naval historians in ttempting to document every combatant to serve in the Imperial Japanese Navy. This is the most complete book on the IJN available and contains excellent data on all major and minor warships.
A useful reference for the modeler, the only weakness is the size of the illustrations, which are mostly in 1/1200 scale. The original German edition had better line drawings, but few photos. The strength of this English edition is the collection of photos, many not seen outside of Japan until now. I would rate this as a 4 1/2 star effort and definitely superior to the book by Watts on the same subject.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A very complete review on Imperial Japanese Navy's warships May 15 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is very complete, listing almost EVERY warship, of every size and type, manned by the IJN during the covered period. The data are quite detailed and the book is filled with a lot of fine drawings. The photos are not so numerous but all of them are of good quality. Every class is briefly described in all respects: technically, historically and as regard the operational career of each ship till her life's end (scrapped or lost, it doesn't matter). If you are looking for a complete reference on the IJN's warships, you can't miss this book: I own a good warship library, comprising other books dealing with the IJN, but I regard this one my true reference on the matter!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference for the IJN Aug. 22 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent reference. This book contains listings for nearly every IJN ship up to the end of WWII. This book does not have pages of descriptive info concerning ship types, instead this book's info is listed in short tabular layouts. All in all a great book to have if you are interested in the IJN.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
all at sea,japanese . Oct. 19 2009
By E. Parshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is THE best, bar none, compilation of everything that the japanese navy bought,built,stole or seized, from 1865 to 1945.It is done Jane's all the world ships style .The book is currently out of print but well worth the o.p. price .It was originally published by the u.s. naval institute ( translated from the german).
Guide to Japanese warships Nov. 19 2014
By Louis S. Menyhert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Exceptional book for those people who wish hard data on the construction and details of the ships of the IJN. Much better than the Watts book. If there was a fault, it is that the drawings of the ship modifications, Japanese vessels usually went through extreme make overs during the course of their service careers, are not included. The actual career notes are very brief.

The book also fails to go into the intangibles that made the IJN so formidable in WW2, such as technical data on torpedo systems, guns, range fuinding and gunnery control. Little time is spent on details regarding ship design concerning crew comforts. Armor details are excellent, but it would have been useful to understand the variations in the different types of armor and how they compared to the US and British counterparts.

In the same way I wish the athor had done some more research into the types of radar the Japanese employed, which vessels had been equipped, whether the radar was search, air defense, or gunnery.

The author seems to have included every shuip the Japanese Navy and Army fielded (yes the Army operated ships). Outstanding book that would be hard to beat.


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