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4.0 out of 5 stars Most informative., 19 Oct 2013
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 191945 (2) (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
This series of books are very popular and, as far as ships are concerned, concentrate on specifics rather than generalities. In this instance we have a fully detailed and well-illustrated explanation of certain classes of Japanese destroyer from WW2.

My own first impression, however, was a small disappointment with the choice of sub-title which explains (to the informed!) that the content covers those classes of Destroyer "Asashio to Tachibana Classes" (a selection `not' based on alphabetical order). For those, who like me, were hitherto unaware of which classes this might include - a quick glance at the `Contents' reveals the following subjects covered: Japanese destroyer design principles, Japanese naval strategy and the roles of the destroyer, Asashio class, Kagero class, Yugumo class, Shimakaze, Akizuki class, Matsu/Tachibana class and finally Analysis and Conclusion.

Each class of vessel is afforded a full description with details of; design and construction, number of ships in class, armament and modifications and wartime service. There are plenty of historic photographs of actual ships and several are afforded the excellent illustrative profiles of artist Paul Wright - whose best work in this book is easily the portrait of a Yugumo class destroyer with cutaway mid-section revealing the engine room.

Just as I was completing this review, I decided to look for other books about Japanese Destroyers on Amazon and, apart from this and another similar work (covering different classes) from these publishers, found very little at all. In short, therefore, we have an excellent overview of an important series of Japanese Naval vessels from WW2 with few, if any, competing books. As such, this work immediately becomes an important addition to my own bookshelf for its value in terms of future reference.

I also found it an interesting read!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful background, 9 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 191945 (2) (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
This is required background reading for anyone interested in US naval operations in WWII. The listing of each vessel's action history is excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars IJN DESTROYERS, 4 Nov 2013
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Mr. S. M. Ashton (LIVERPOOL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 191945 (2) (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
A very good book, Full of information despite its size. This one has been added to my other Vanguard books.
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