Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War Hardcover – Nov 1997
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Those of you who thought they had all the information they needed on Japanease cruisers from either "Whitley's - Cruisers of WWII" or "Conway's all the world's fighting ships 1922-47", think again. These books often berate the Japanease designs and certainly don't do them justice. Where as the authors of "Japanease cruisers of the Pacific War" have gone to great pains searching through even Japanease sources to write the most complete work on Japanease cruisers that there will ever be. You could say that the title often strays a little from cruisers as it delves deeply into policy and then the conplex subject of firecontrol. If you wanted to know how a type 94 Japanease director and computer functioned, its in this book along with simple diagrams and any of its ancesters used on board Japanease cruisers in WWII. In fact the number crunchers among you might enjoy the dispersion figures and statistical chances of hitting a target at 20000 metres and so on....
For those who just want to know the life and times of these ships, thats in there too.Read more ›
For the modeler and historian, all aspects of Japanese heavy and light cruisers are illustrated, including armament, profile drawings, and operational histories. Some of the successes and failures of Japanese design, including the Takao class, possibly the most successful Japanese heavy cruisers to the Mogaim class, which attempted to place a heavy armament on a lightly constructed hull and were considerably overweight and later rebuilt, are explained in great detail
The profile drawings are well detailed, albeit extremely small; however they are useful in showing the arrangements of the ships. For the modeler and naval historian, this is a must book. With the recent proliferation of better detailed IJN cruiser models, this book is needed in any naval library.
I highly recommend this book, not only as good reading, but as an example to be followed by any would be author that would like to write books on American, British, or German warship types.
Simply outstanding! If these authors collaberate on another work, I'm buying without waiting for reviews.
Most recent customer reviews
Great detail--maybe a little too much detail. Great reading! Excellent design.Published on Oct. 1 2003
This is one of the best bathroom reads I have seen in a long time. ...Stuff like the average thickness of every plate of every cruiser in the Japanese Imperial Navy makes this... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Rodney J. Szasz
What more could you possibly want from a book on Japanese Cruisers? It's a good read, but buying it to some extent was just out of respect for the work involved. Read morePublished on May 20 2002
I'll state outright that this is the finest warship reference I have seen published to date. The authors have covered their subject more completely than I thought possible; there... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2001 by Richard Worth
This book should be considered the best book about IJN cruisers. The leading author, Dr. Lacroix, is considered the leading authority in the topic. Read morePublished on March 20 2000 by E. RABOSO GARCIA-BAQUERO