Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War by Eric Lacroix & Linton Wells II soon to be presented for sale on the tremendous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Chatham Publishing, 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd printing. [First Published: 1997 Thus] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Diagrams; Tables; Plans;
From the cover: The backbone of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in World War II, cruisers were active in all parts of the Pacific and involved in nearly every naval action. Based on both official Japanese publications and unpublished documents, this book provides for the first time a complete history of these ships, including the eighteen heavy and twenty-seven light cruisers that saw combat, two ships incorporated from the Chinese Navy, and several cithers that were either never completed or never left the drawing board. The development of the various cruiser classes is presented chronologically, starting with the designs and scout cruiser projects initiated after the Russo-Japanese War.
The authors give a detailed account of the planning, design, and construction and the numerous pre-war and wartime modifications of the individual ships of each cruiser class. Their technical particulars are found in the text itself, as well as in extensive data tables. Among the illustrations are more than 250 sets of fully detailed line drawings, traced from original blueprints, which show outboard and inboard profiles, hull lines, deck plans, sections, internal arrangements, machinery, armour, and bridge structures. Pre-war and wartime histories of all the ships are also reported, with ship movement, combat experience, damage, refits, modifications, and final fate listed.
The build-up of the IJNs cruiser force in the years prior to World War II is presented in the framework of the growing rivalry between Japan and the United States in the Pacific, and the resulting changes in the successive Japanese defence policies between 1907 and 1936. Special attention is paid to such factors as the influence of pre-war political unrest and financial problems in Japan, the Naval Limitation Treaties, changing concepts of the tactical use of cruisers, and weaknesses in some of the designs. Extensive appendixes provide a wealth of information never before published in Western literature. More than 150 photographs, many previously unpublished, enhance the books narrative,
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XIII] 882 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8¾”.