Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers 1941-1945

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Osprey Publishing, 2011 - History - 48 pages
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Designed with little more than a passing nod to the international naval treaties of the inter-war period, the Imperial Japanese Navy's heavy cruisers were fast and heavily armed. Like the other vessels of the Japanese Navy, the heavy cruisers were technologically superior to and far more innovative than their Allied rivals, whom they met in many of the major Pacific Theater battles, including Midway and Leyte Gulf. Mark Stille continues his study of the IJN of WWII with this fascinating topic, addressing the design and development of all 18 ships in the six heavy cruiser classes, from pre-war construction and mid-war alterations, their operational histories and eventual fates.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
4
THE EARLY YEARS
6
THE MILITARY LIFE
10
THE HOUR OF DESTINY
15
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
43
INSIDE THE MIND
49
WHEN WAR IS DONE
53
A LIFE IN WORDS
58
BIBLIOGRAPHY
61
GLOSSARY
63
INDEX
64
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About the author (2011)

Commander (retired) Mark O Stille served as a career Naval Intelligence Officer, spending over five years of his naval career assigned to various US Navy carriers. He continues to work in this field in a civilian capacity. He holds an MA from the Naval War College and has had several wargames published. He lives in Virginia, USA.

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