Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About

World War II Database

Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45

ISBN-10: 1846032806
ISBN-13: 9781846032806
Review Date:

I am a WW2 history enthusiast, I do not think there is much room for doubt with that. My particular interest in naval forces, I think, began when I saw the Japanese movie Rengo Kantai in the early 1980s. After that, I remember flipping through books at the library to find out about the names of Japanese warships, and I even built a model of the Yamato-class battleship Musashi.

Fast forward many years to today, I do not think my interest in naval matters diminished, particularly in the Japanese Navy. That was why when I picked up Osprey's Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45, even knowing this 40-some page book could only offer a quick glimpse at each battleship, I was fairly anxious to crack it open.

The author Mark Stille provided some background on the development of the Japanese naval forces during the inter-war period, and then went on to spend about 5 or 6 pages on the five major battleship classes that took part in the Pacific War: Kongo, Fuso, Ise, Nagato, and Yamato. For each class, a brief history was given, along with technical specifications, photographs (several were from the Yamato Museum in Japan which I had not seen before), war-time modifications (with particular stress on deployment of radar on some of the ships), and each battleships' end. While the details were understandably lacking, this small book still achieved the goal of providing a primer to the awesome surface fleet that ultimately accomplished little.

Although I had not built any models of a great many years now, looking at the color plates for each class, including some cutaways, I imagine that this book would be a great resource for modelers. The single-page appendix on the paint schemes of Japanese WW2-era battleships would likely be a great niche reference.

Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45 is by no means comprehensive, but it is still an interesting book nevertheless. The casual naval enthusiasts would likely enjoy the book greatly.

Back to Main | Back to Book Reviews Index

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments


1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

A review copy or review sample of this product was provided by the publisher or vendor to WW2DB; opinions expressed in this review are not influenced by this fact.

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB
More on Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45
Related Ships:
» Fuso
» Haruna
» Hiei
» Hyuga
» Ise
» Kirishima
» Kongo
» Musashi
» Mutsu
» Nagato
» Yamashiro
» Yamato

Affiliated Link:
» Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45
Famous WW2 Quote
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."

Winston Churchill

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!