Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines 1941–45

Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines 1941–45 cover

Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines 1941–45

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The Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II possessed the most technologically advanced and varied submarine fleet in the world. Ranging from the largest pre-nuclear submarines in the world to manned torpedoes, with the fastest combat vessels and midget submarines operating alongside craft capable of carrying floatplane bombers, the fleet should have been an awe-inspiring and highly effective force. Yet, despite playing a crucial scouting role and being equipped with the best torpedoes available, the Japanese submarine fleet was surprisingly ineffective.

With unique color plates, Mark Stille highlights the technical details of this diverse fleet, including the design successes and operational errors as well as investigating the underlying causes behind the failures of one of the greatest naval forces in the Pacific.

Table of Contents

Origins – Birth and growth of the Imperial Navy's submarine force · Development and operational history · I Series Submarines · RO Series Submarines · The Imperial Navy's submarine force – a post mortem · Bibliography · Color Plate Commentary · Index

Product details

Published Jun 19 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846030901
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 7 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 135
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stille

Mark Stille is the author of numerous Osprey title…

Illustrator

Tony Bryan

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