Imperial Japanese Navy

Imperial Japanese Navy Admirals

Cruiser Suzuya in 1935 during sea trials.

Imperial Japanese Navy Admirals     Historical period: Post-Restoration War   Yamamoto Gonnohyoe (1852-1933) During his active service from 1879-1928, Admiral Yamamoto Gonnohyoe participated in several conflicts such as Boshin War, First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. He was commander of the cruisers Takao and Takachiho  His strategy toward China during the First Sino-Japanese war […]

Secret Cave 1961 Mitsubishi J8M Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Aircraft

Mitsubishi J8M Shusui in 1945 ready for testing flight.

The last Mitsubishi Shusui J8M was found in a secret cave in 1961     Mitsubishi J8M Shusui , which means Autumn Water, was a joint secret project of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. The Japanese learnt quickly from the devastation produced by B-29s bombers during their massive attacks […]

Project G8N Renzan: Japanese strategic bomber “Rita”

Captured G8N Renzan for testing in the US.

G8N Renzan: Japanese strategic bomber “Rita”     The Imperial Japanese Navy, surprisingly, did not consider seriously to have a long-range strategic bomber until February 1943. Only then, the IJN Headquarters seriously asked Nakajima Company to develop a long-range land-based attack plane with four engines. The designation was G8N Renzan, the latter word meaning “Mountain […]

IJN gunboat Heien former Chinese ironclad Pingyuan

IJN Gunboat Heien at 1/700 scale

IJN gunboat Heien former Chinese vessel Pingyuan     The Pingyuan was as an ironclad coastal battleship operated by the Imperial Chinese Beiyang Fleet. After it was captured by Japanese, it was included as Imperial Japanese Navy vessel. Previous transliterations of its Chinese name include Ping Yuen and Ping Yuan. In Japanese it was known as […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Aircraft Carriers Chiyoda and Chitose page update

Japanese carrier CVL Chitose 1/700 Aoshima

Imperial Japanese Navy Light Aircraft Carriers Chiyoda and Chitose page update     The pages for the converted Escort Carriers Chiyoda and Chitose have been posted and updated. The Chitose-class vessels were seaplane tender cruisers commissioned in 1938 but converted to escort carriers in 1942. The pages are located in the Imperial Japanese Navy Carriers […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page update

Katsuragi carrier performing transporting mission of Japanese soldiers betwen Solomon islands and Japan in 1946. Note the Hinomaru symbol on hull side.

Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page update     The Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page has been posted . The Imperial Japanese Navy Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Katsuragi Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu Aircraft Carrier page update

Unryu Japanese Aircraft fleet carrier on training mission, summer 1944.

Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu Aircraft Carrier page update     The Unryu Aircraft Carrier page has been posted . The Imperial Japanese Navy Unryu  Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Unryu Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Amagi Aircraft Carrier page update

Imperial Japanese Navy's aircraft carrier Amagi capsized after U.S. navy air raid, Kure, Japan, 1946

Imperial Japanese Navy Amagi Aircraft Carrier page update     The Amagi Aircraft Carrier page has been updated. The Imperial Japanese Navy Amagi Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Amagi Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical specifications […]

Top Pacific War WW2 Movies List

Top Pacific War WW2 Movies for sale: Imperial Japanese Navy battles Tora! Tora! Tora! (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)   The history of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is re-created from U.S. and Japanese viewpoints. Special Features: Commentary by director Richard Fleischer and Japanese film historian Stuart Galbraith IV Two historical documentaries “AMC Backstory: […]

Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier page update

Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Carrier Taiho in 1944.

Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier page update     The Taiho Aircraft Carrier page has been updated. The Imperial Japanese Navy Taiho Aircraft Carrier be found here. The page is located in the Imperial Japanese Navy section, inside the Carriers of Imperial Japanese Navy subsection. The Taiho Aircraft Carrier page includes historical information, air wings/groups and technical […]