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Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945 Hardcover – 1977

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Naval Inst Press; First American Edition edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853681511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853681519
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,020,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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!
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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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Format: Hardcover
This report is about two wonderful books that catalog all of the ships of the Japanese Navy from 1869 to 1945. The first book is "Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1869-1945" by Hasgeorg Jentschura and Dieter Jung, c. 1970, 284 pages. The next book is"The Imperial Japanese Navy" by Anthony Watt and Brian Gordon, c. 1971, 529 pages.

Both books follow the same basic format. Every class of ship gets its own mini-chapter. All of the usual statistics about the ships characteristics are set off in a table. Measurements are given in both standard and metric. Most ship classes will also have a few b&w photographs and a line drawing of the ships profile above the waterline. A few of the larger ships, such as the battle cruiser Kongo and the carrier Kaga, that had extensive modifications, will have several tables, profile drawings and photographs to illustrate these changes. Both books have an index.

Jentschura's book has a few more drawings and they are all to the same scale and better quality. He also covers more of the minor auxiliery ships. This book was originally published in German, but was republished in 1977 in English. Jenschura places each ship's construction history and fate in individual paragraphs, where as Watts puts this information in the table.

Watts' book has a better text description of the ship's design and modification histories.
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This is a classic reference guide and a great book on the Japanese navy. Easy to follow information and great pics and line drawings. I have one well leafed through copy and I got this one to look good on the shelf. Well worth the purchase.
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By A Customer on August 22, 1998
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.
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