- 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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Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945 Hardcover – 1977
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good reference book, priced as used, looks like new. Great deal. Necessary desk-side reference for anyone interested in WWII Pacific naval battles. KDJPublished on February 9, 2014 by Kevin Johnson
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 . Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by E. Parshall
I once owned Jane's Warships of World War II and can say that the coverage of the Japanese Navy in Jane's was spotty at best when compared to this book. Read morePublished on January 30, 2008 by Gary R. Childress