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Welcome to the Imperial Japanese NavyNihon Kaigun – Page.  This website is intended to be the most comprehensive site for compiling data, information and photos about the Imperial Navy, Kido butai, Nihon Kaigun or Combined Fleet. In addition, it also includes information about navy books, strategy and tactics, Japanese Imperial Army, Japanese Armed forces. In particular, the warships and units of the Imperial Japanese Navy are explained in detail, from Japanese battleships (e.g. IJN Yamato battleship) to the IJN aircraft carriers, heavy and light cruisers, destroyers and submarines. Each article is aimed to give information about related books, recent published books or classical books on the Imperial Navy, or any topics related to the Pacific War, WW2 and modern warfare and History in general. The aim to collect here the information is to give a modern, dynamic and digital platform of information for the historians and wargame players of games such as Pacific War (VG), War in the Pacific: Admiral edition, Empire of the Sun (GMT), Axis Empires: Dai Senso and Advanced Third Reich and for model kit builders. Indeed,  a part of the site is devoted to ship model kits collection, such as waterline series at scale 1/700 and 1/2000 for the Imperial Japanese Navy.

 

▽ Imperial Japanese Navy – Nihon Kaigun

 

organization of the imperial japanese navy

Nihon Kaigun organization
The structure and history of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

aircraft carriers of the imperial japanese navy

Aircraft Carriers
The battle and light aircraft carriers
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy

Battleships
The Battleships and Battlecruisers of
the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

heavy cruisers of the imperial japanese navy

Heavy Cruisers
The heavy cruisers of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

light cruisers of the imperial japanese navy

Light Cruisers
The light cruisers
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

destroyers of the imperial japanese navy

Destroyers
The destroyers squadrons of the
Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

submarines of the imperial japanese navy

Submarines
The submarines fleet
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

auxiliary ships of the imperial japanese navy

Auxiliary Ships
The training, hospital, and other
auxiliary ships in the IJN

 

 

timeline of the japanese imperial navy warships

The TimeLine of ships
The design and operations
timeline records of the IJN warships

 

 

japanese land-based air groups

Naval Air Groups
The Land-Based Japanese
Navy Air-Groups

 

 

Japanese navy landing forces

Naval Landing Forces 1928-1945
Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF),
Landing Forces (SNLF) 海軍特別陸戦隊

 

 

japanese secret weapons and technologies

Secret Weapons of the IJN
The secret weapons and technologies
of the Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

strategic plans and doctrines of the IJN

Strategic Plans of the IJN
The strategic doctrines and
plans of the IJN

▽ Simulations & Wargames

▽ World War II: Pacific Theater

 

war in the pacific: admiral edition computer game

War in the Pacific: Admiral Edition
A computer-based simulation of
the entire Pacific War with incredible detail.

 

 

Empire of the sun_2nd edition boardgame wargame

The Empire of the Sun (2nd Ed.)
A strategy board game for the
Pacific War with solitaire playability.

 

 

pacific war boardgame

Pacific War
A fantastic monster game for the
Pacific War with many scenarios.

 

 

pacific war 2nd edition boardgame

Pacific War (2nd Ed.)
The 2nd Edition of the masterpiece
Pacific War game is coming soon!

▽Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

 

organization of the JMSDF

The organization of the JMSDF
The units and structure of
the Modern Japanese Navy (JMSDF)

 

 

districts of the jmsdf

The Regional District Forces
The locations and bases of the
five regional districts of the JMSDF

 

 

DDH helicopter destroyers of the jmsdf

Helicopter Destroyers DDH
The modern helicopter destroyers
of the Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

DDG Guided missile destroyer of the JMSDF

Guided Missile destroyers DDG
The advanced guided missile destroyers
of the Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

DD destroyers of the JMSDF

Destroyers DD
The destroyers of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

Landing Tank ships of the jmsdf

Tank Landing Ships LST
The tank lading ships of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

submarines of the jmsdf

Submarines SS
The submarine fleet of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

auxiliary ships of the jmsdf

Support and Auxiliary ships
Patrol and other support ships of the
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force

 

 

aviation and helicopter units of the jmsdf

The aviation of the JMSDF
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force aircrafts
and helicopter fleet

 

 

naval landing forces of the jmsdf

Naval landing forces of the JMSDF
The naval forces for landings
of the JMSDF

 

 

new weapons of the jmsdf

Future projects of the JMSDF
New coming units and future
developments of the JMSDF

 

 

strategy of the jmsdf

The strategy of the JMSDF
The current doctrine and
strategy of the JMSDF

 

 

strategy of the jmsdf

News & manoeuvres
News and military
exercises of the JMSDF

▽ Simulations & Wargames

▽ World War II: European Theater

 

unconditional surrender

Unconditional Surrender
A board game with innovative mechanics
for the entire World War II in European Front.

 

 

supreme commander

The Supreme commander
A strategic game at corps/army level
for the World war II in Europe.

 

 

 

 

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There is a work in progress project to create visual timeline for all the movements and actions done for each ship during the pacific war. Currently, I have only added a few ones but I will continue adding new ship timelines periodically. I hope you can enjoy them and share your opinion in the polls of the corresponding page. I will focus on vessels that were operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy, but I may extend those to different navies and historical periods too. We aim will be to combine the writing description with timeline and include photos that illustrate where the action took place, the action itself or the ship change or improvement operated on the structure, weapons and technologies.

As you may know, recently battleship Musashi’s wrecks were found. Therefore to become a part of this historical event, the first timeline that I added was precisely the corresponding to the battleship Musashi. You can find it here.

Here the History is examined through books, maps, photography, reports and boardgames (wargames) and computer simulation games about Imperial Japanese Navy. In particular, I would like to focus on World War Two in both European and Pacific Theaters. Some of the boardgames and computer games I already reviewed or discussed here are: The Supreme Commander, The Empire of the Sun, War in the Pacific: Admiral Edition and Unconditional Surrender: World War II in Europe. I do hope to have time to expand the site to more recent Modern Theaters, such as Cold War events and even Ancient Theaters such as Roman Empire.



Comments

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  2. Thank you Rodger for your message. Sure, I’m big fan of EoTS and the new “Plan Orange” game also looks awesome.

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