Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (1)

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (1)

Minekaze to Shiratsuyu Classes

New Vanguard 198
  • Author: Mark Stille
  • Illustrator: Paul Wright
  • Short code: NVG 198
  • Publication Date: 20 Mar 2013
  • Number of Pages: 48
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This volume will detail the history, weapons and tactics of the Japanese destroyers built before the war. This includes the famous Fubuki class (called "Special Type” by the Japanese, which were, when completed in the late 1920's, the most powerful class of destroyers in the world. This design forced all other major navies to follow suite and provided the basic design for the next many classes of Imperial Navy destroyers. This book will also cover the three classes built before the Special Type which were based on a German World War I design as well as two classes built after the advent of the Special Type. All of these ships had a rich history as they fought from the first battles of the Pacific War up until the very end when several accompanied the superbattleship Yamato on her death sortie. The final part of the book will be an analysis of the destroyer designs covered in the book which will include an examination of their strengths and weaknesses. The success (or lack of success) of these designs will be discussed and they will be compared to comparable Allied destroyer designs.

Biographical Note

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 30 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. He is also the author of several wargames.

Contents

Introduction
Japanese naval strategy and the role of the destroyer
Japanese destroyer tactics
Japanese destroyer design principles
Japanese destroyer weapons
Minekaze class
Kamikaze class
Mutsuki class
Fubuki class
Akatsuki class
Hatsuharu class
Shiratsuyu class
Analysis and conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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