A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941- 1945 (Google eBook)

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Naval Institute Press, Nov 12, 2013 - History - 424 pages
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For almost 20 years, more than 200 reels of microfilmed Japanese naval records remained in the custody of the U.S. Naval History Division, virtually untouched. This unique book draws on those sources and others to tell the story of the Pacific War from the viewpoint of the Japanese. Former Marine Corps officer and Asian scholar Paul Dull focuses on the major surface engagements of the war--Coral Sea, Midway, the crucial Solomons campaign, and the last-ditch battles in the Marianas and Philippines. Also included are detailed track charts and a selection of Japanese photographs of major vessels and actions.
  

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Review: A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1941-1945)

User Review  - Russel - Goodreads

Was ground-breaking in its day, but other treatments of most of the campaigns covered leave this book seeming shallow. Perhaps this was inevitable, given the scope of actions covered; from the ... Read full review

Review: A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy (1941-1945)

User Review  - Sean Chick - Goodreads

A work of impressive scholarship but the book is dry and the war after Leyte Gulf is basically skipped over, leading to some holes in the narrative. A few surface battles from that period are not even covered. Still, this is the definitive book on this subject. Read full review

Contents

JAPAN GOES TO WAR
1
Map of Oahu 75
14
Map of Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
22
Map of Malay Campaign
43
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ORIGINAL DEFENSE
47
Map of Netherlands East Indies
57
Track Chart of First Phase of Battle of the Java Sea 27 February 1942
71
Track Chart of Third Phase of Battle of the Java Sea
81
Map of Guadalcanal
181
Track Chart of First Battle of the Solomon
189
DEFEAT OF THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY
251
Battle of the Komandorski
263
Map of Bougainville Island
299
Map of Leyte Gulf
314
Appendix AImperial Japanese Navy Major Ships in Commission
343
Appendix BNames of Imperial Japanese Navy Ships
351

Track Chart of Battle of Sunda Strait 1 March 1942
89
CORAL SEA MIDWAY AND THE ALEUTIANS
113
Track Chart of Battle of Midway 5 June 1942
115
OVEREXTENSION OF THE DEFENSE
173
Bibliography
371
Index
383
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