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The following book is very interesting because the content was originated in 1944 as an ONI (Office Naval Intelligence) 41-42 Volume I Japanese Naval Vessels (Volume 1 in a two volume set) and includes a categorical description of the various warships that comprised the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII. The book was one of the first series of classified recognition guides produced for officers and staff. Beside the numerous illustrations, over 2000, the book contains numerous data tables, designation information from a wide variety of sources, including intelligence reports and reconnaissance photographs. The book includes the full catalog of ships in service ranging from the mighty Kongo and Yamato class battleships to the aircraft carriers, heavy cruisers, light cruisers, destroyers, tenders, submarines, mine vessels, transports and tenders that serviced the fleet. If you are looking or browsing for ships silhouettes, this is definitely what you are looking for! :)



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Similar to the book introduced above, but focusing on aircraft carriers and submarines, here we have the second volume of ONI 220-J. You will find silhouettes, photographs and photos of models, airbrushed renderings and drawings, and detailed plans and profiles of many classes of warship. Throughout the text, the similarities and differences between the various ships are described, and many specific details highlighted, making this a must-have book for the historian and modeler. Japanese Submarines recognition guide is included as a bonus.



Nagato 1944


Nagato battleship

Nagato battleship


The  following book contains 72 pages devoted to the history of the battleship Nagato and Mutsu (Nagato-class) with a superb collection of drawing and photography. The book includes both vessel’s general history (from keel laying in 1917 to destruction), statistics, modifications and refits, and operational service. The 70 b/w photos highlight their general appearance and details from the underwater hull to the superstructures and masts. It is a unique source of data and visual information for the famous Nagato battleship, flagship of the Combine Fleet.



Hiei Battleship

Hiei Battleship


This book deals in detail with the Kongo-class battleships, which included four ships: Kongo, Haruna, Kirishima, and Hiei. This book presents technical and historical details of the Kongo-class. Then, for each battleship, a report on the Tabular Record of Movement (TROM) during World War II is provided. This is very unique information for the people interesting in the Imperial Japanese Navy History and scholars working on this topic. Besides the TROM and other technical and historial data, in 72 pages, you can find photos and profile and plan drawings of Kongo class battleships at at least three different points in their careers.




Kongo Battleship

Kongo Battleship


I think this book is very useful for modelers and model kit constructors because it provides unique detail on the Kongo-class battleships. The book shows how advanced CAD (computer aided drawing/design) software programs can help in visualizing complex structures from many different angles and with different colors and textures.





Yamashiro Battleship

Yamashiro Battleship


The book entitled “Titans of the Rising Sun” presents a fresh and new accurate study of the creation and demise of Japan’s Yamato class battleship. During the first half of the twentieth century the battleship symbolized a nation s power on the world stage, with countries such as Britain, Japan, and the United States contending for dominance of the high seas. Japans overwhelming victory over the Russian fleet in 1905 at the Battle of Tsushima would influence that nations naval strategy for the next forty years. The desire to build a powerful naval fleet to achieve its empire building ambitions prompted Japan to embark upon a series of construction programs which resulted in the creation of battleship classes with ever increasing capabilities. However, intended to be glorious symbols of Japanese power, the Yamato class suffered from the disadvantage of being designed at a crossroads in naval strategy in which advances in aviation technology began to shift the focus of sea power from the battleship to the aircraft carrier. This change in paradigms would have dramatic effects not only on the Yamato class, but the battleship in general as they confronted a new type of warfare in which they were at a distinct disadvantage. The story of the Yamato and those of her class illustrate the closing of one chapter in the history of naval warfare while at the same time the opening of another: The rising of Naval Air Power.



Yamato Battleship

Yamato Battleship


Ise Battleship

Ise Battleship


The book series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. This is followed by an extensive photographic survey of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research references – books, monographs, large-scale plans and relevant websites. This volume “Fuso and Ise Classes” covers the two related classes of Japanese 14in-gunned battleships, originally built during the First World War but subsequently totally reconstructed. They are famous for the towering forward superstructure, usually described as a pagoda bridge, that they featured when rebuilt. Ise and Hyuga underwent further reconstruction during the Second World War to emerge as a unique hybrid of battleship and aircraft carrier in a desperate attempt to compensate for fleet carriers sunk earlier in the war.



Nagato Battleship

Nagato Battleship

In mid-1946, the Nagato Battleship  was a target for nuclear weapon tests during Operation Crossroads. She survived the first test with little damage, but was sunk by the second.

The following book addresses details on the Secret Operation CrossRoads, that involved the nuclear bomb testing over a Nagato class batteleship near the Bikini islands. The book, based on a wealth of previously untapped material, performs a comprehensive examination of the world’s first nuclear disaster is the first account of the Bikini atomic test explosions from a nongovernment source. Weisgall reconstructs the air-dropped “Able” test and the underwater “Baker” test, both conducted in July 1946, and explains how the sites were determined from a bitter rivalry between the Navy and the Air Force, how the tests affected U.S.-Soviet relations and why there was a scientific failure. In light of the current attention on U.S. government radiation experiments on humans and the postwar cover-up of nuclear-weapons testing, Weisgall’s study is timely as well as chilling. He charges that the Navy ignored warnings about the dire consequences of radioactive fallout which, during the Operation Crossroads tests, blanketed 95 guinea-pig ships with deadly radiation and sunk 16 of them at Bikini lagoon. Finally, he relates the sad saga of the Bikinians who were relocated several times before and after the tests, which turned their atoll in the Ratok chain of the Marshall Islands into a laboratory of death. An attorney in Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Weisgall has represented the people of Bikini in suits against the U.S. government since 1975.


Reproduction at scale 1/100 of the Akagi Deck before launching a group of Zeroes during the Attack of Pearl Harbor, 1941.


▽ 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

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

The destroyers squadrons of the
Imperial Japanese Navy



submarines of the imperial japanese navy

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 teachnologies
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.)
An strategy boardgame 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 boardgame 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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