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Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (1): Minekaze to Shiratsuyu Classes (New Vanguard) Paperback – 20 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849089841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849089845
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"This book is an excellent reference for any modeler or IJN fan. Osprey has added another solid volume to their collection." --Reviews at IPMS/USA

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A detailed, illustrated look at the earliest seven classes of destroyer fielded by the Imperial Japanese Navy of World War II.

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It actually covers a considerable number of classes and individual destroyers. The result is it is a bit of a once over lightly, and a brief history of each individual ship and concludes with a short overall evaluation of the Japanese destroyers when tested in war. It is of typical New Vanguard format. Worthwhile if you are interested in the subject, but not too detailed.
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Not a bad book if all you want is a quick and concise history of IJN Destroyers within the time period covered. As with many of the other books in the series it goes into a surprising amount of detail for a book of 48 pages, even if said detail is brief. It even goes into a summary of individual ship's service careers. On the bad side, like I said the detail is brief even by the standard of the series owing to trying to cover so much in such a small book. It may have been better if they hadn't bothered with the service histories of the ships and had just spent more time talking about Japanese DD development in general. Also the pictures are a bit difficult to make out any details in on the ebook version.

Overall a good book as long as you keep in mind that this, like many of the others in the series, is clearly only intended as a good start for people who are just getting into reading about IJN DDs, or those who just need a good quick reference.
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I have v 1 and 2 plus IJN submarines, heavy cruisers and light cruisers. These are very good books well worth the money.
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Plans are scare , illustrations can only be seen with a set of magnifiers or very STRONG glasses.
Plus I didn't enjoy the way the book was built : individual classes devellopment , followed by carreer history.
This never gives you the possibility of understanding destroyer devellopmet in the IJN.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of Japanese destroyers constructed during the 1920s and early 1930s. 17 Jun. 2013
By Bayard B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Fine warship history and well worth buying. I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it repeats a lot of information available from other books. But it does have some new insights and provides a lot of information in one volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Awaited Publishing! 25 April 2013
By R. Douglas Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This first of two part study of Imperial Japanese Destroyers was long overdue and much needed for any student of the WWII IJN Destroyer

As with most Osprey books this edition contains a lot of useful information in a small package. A general look at the factors influencing destroyer design as well as weapon systems used on these ships starts the book off. The balance of the book covers the earlier classes of destroyers, war refits and a short history of each ship of the class. This book is of immense value just for this alone! Since it is a fairly small work if the reader is looking for the depth of detail contained in Lacroix and Wells' work on Japanese WWII cruisers you may be disappointed though.

For any reader who studies this period this is a valuable and much needed work in English is a necessity. For those who have read Hara's "Japanese Destroyer Captain" this work will provide a visual context to much of what author wrote about.

I eagerly await the publication of the second part of this work!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 7 Sept. 2013
By Ron O - Published on Amazon.com
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The various books in this "series" are all pretty good. Writing and info is ok. My only complaint is that they are short. They provide a decent amount of general info, but lack a lot of specifics. For the price they aren't bad, but I just keep wishing they had another 10 or 12 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IJN Destroyers (1) 10 May 2013
By Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very well done précis of a complex subject. This book will be followed by a second version covering the more widely used later classes. The Special Type DD's are introduced and well-described.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, concise, could be better detailed. 26 April 2013
By Charles Stuckey - Published on Amazon.com
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Covers the development of IJN DDs from the earliest days of their conceptualization as torpedo platforms to the late pre-war classes. Covers the deployment and actions of each ship individually, but only covers the final upgrades and conversions in most cases. I would have preferred more info on when what modifications and additions were completed, but info may be scarce or lost. Overall this is an excellent brief and concise guide to the older destroyer classes of the WWII IJN. A little more on some of the battles they fought would have been nice, but space limits probably prevented it. Does list how where and when each was sunk and operations it participated in, so hopefully the second in the series will bring more detail to the wins and losses that these ships contributed to. Still, a good source of basic and concise info on the subject.
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