Imperial Japanese Navy Light Cruisers 1941–45

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Cruisers 1941–45 cover

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Cruisers 1941–45

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The Imperial Japanese Navy went to war with 17 light cruisers and another three cruiser-sized training ships. Of these, most were 5,500-ton ships designed to act as destroyer squadron flagships. This made them much different in capabilities and mission from their American counterparts. During the war, the Japanese built another five light cruisers, all but one of which maintained the design premise of being able to serve as destroyer squadron flagships. During the war, Japanese light cruisers were active throughout the Pacific performing many missions in addition to their flagship duties. Mark Stille continues Osprey's coverage of the IJN of WWII with this concise and complete study of all 25 ships, from their design and development to their ultimate fates. Detailed Osprey artwork and rare period photographs from the Fukui collection held in Kure, Japan illustrate this discussion.

Table of Contents

Introduction • Japanese naval strategy and the role of the light cruiser • Japanese light cruiser tactics • Japanese light cruiser design and development and impact of the Washington and London Naval Treaties • Japanese light cruiser weapons • Japanese light cruiser radar • The Light Cruiser Classes (Tenryu Class, Tama Class, Nagara Class, Sendai Class, Yubari Class, Agano Class, Oyodo Class, Katori Class) • Analysis and Conclusion

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Published 20 Feb 2012
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781849085625
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 187
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stille

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Paul Wright

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