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The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was the third most powerful navy in the world at the start of World War II and came to dominate the Pacific in the early months of the war. This was a remarkable turnaround for a navy that only began to modernize in 1868, although defeats inflicted on the Russians and Chinese in successive wars at the turn of the century gave a sense of the threat the IJN was to pose.

Bringing together for the first time material previously published in Osprey series books, and with the recorded material of the addition of new writing making use of the most recent research, this audiobook details the Japanese ships which fought in the Pacific and examines the principles on which they were designed, how they were armed, when and where they were deployed, and how effective they were in battle.

A valuable reference source for Pacific War enthusiasts and historians, The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War provides a history of the IJN's deployment and engagements, analysis of the evolution of strategy and tactics, and finally addresses the question of whether it truly was a modern navy, fully prepared for the rigors of combat in the Pacific.

©2013 Mark Stille (P)2018 Tantor

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Great Technical Reference

I had read the print copy when it first came out and was surprised to see an Audible version arrive, since these sort of books tend to not get audio renditions. Mark E. Stille is one of the premier authors of naval books, books that tend to deal more with the technical aspects of the world's navies - specifications, classes and brief histories. The print books from Mr. Stille tend to be in the 80-100 page range, with many photographs, and deal with a specific class or nationality of naval vessel. But "The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War" is one of his longest works and deals with all the major units of the IJN - carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers and submarines. You can find references on those individually, but this book contains all of them in one place.

It's not a standard history of any aspect of the Pacific War, though it is covered in relation to the histories of the ships. But if you enjoy learning about the development and specifications of naval vessels, this book and others like it from Mr. Stille, are very enjoyable.


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logistics

much detail concerning Japanese ships and their use in WWII. a little too detailed for my taste. it was definitely hardware orriented with little information about the crews and leaders, and their activities.










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A Little Dry, but Informative

This book reads more like a spread sheet. Lot's of general info on individual ships, classes, etc. ; but not much in the way of individual Pacfic actions. Still worth listening to.

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More Encyclopedic Synopsis Than Story But Very Good

Great book on IJN ships. It’s more a History Of Individual ships and their fates than a narrative of the IJN in the Pacific War. Listening to a book based on that premise sounds like it would be quite dry, surprisingly the opposite was true. When I finished I felt the book was over much to soon - a rarity for me. I am already familiar with many of the ships covered or at least the results of the battles they were in from the multitude of General Histories Of The Pacific Naval War I have read in the past. The Author’s approach of covering the ships themselves- famous and not so famous - as opposed to an overall view of the war itself allowed him to include a lot of new (at least for me) information on the specific ships of the IJN. There is a lot of information packed in a relatively small book. If you are interested in the big picture of the IJN in WW2 this is not the book. Highly recommendable to those who want more specifics on the ships themselves.