The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

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The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was the third most powerful navy in the world at the start of World War II, and came to dominate the Pacific in the early months of the war. This was a remarkable turnaround for a navy that only began to modernize in 1868, although defeats inflicted on the Russians and Chinese in successive wars at the turn of the century gave a sense of the threat the IJN was to pose. Bringing together for the first time material previously published in Osprey series books, and with the addition of new writing making use of the most recent research, this book details the Japanese ships which fought in the Pacific and examines the principles on which they were designed, how they were armed, when and where they were deployed and how effective they were in battle. A valuable reference source for Pacific War enthusiasts and historians, The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War provides a history of the IJN's deployment and engagements, analysis of the evolution of strategy and tactics, and finally addresses the question of whether it truly was a modern navy, fully prepared for the rigors of combat in the Pacific.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 190 x 242 x 38.1mm | 1,603g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 170 b/w; 45 col
  • 1472801466
  • 9781472801463
  • 130,008

Table of contents

Introduction/ Imperial Japanese Navy Strategy and Doctrine in the Pacific War/ The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War/ Aircraft Carriers/ Battleships/ Heavy Cruisers/ Light Cruisers/ Destroyers/ Submarines/ Conclusion and Analysis/ Bibliography/ Index
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"One of the first books to present the Japanese side of the war in the Pacific. Focusing on the reasons for Japanese success, it discusses the strengths and weaknesses in the army. It provides insights into the workings of the Japanese high command. For anyone interested in World War II, this book is well worth reading." --Bowling Green Daily News "An encyclopedic study of the ships, men, aircraft, strategy and doctorine of the powerful navy that confronted the U.S. in World War II. This relentlessly factual volume is amply illustrated with period photos, maps, charts, diagrams, detailed color cutaway drawings, and original art." --Military History Quarterly
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About Mark Stille

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 35 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific.
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