Japanese Naval Vessels of World War Two: As Seen by U.S. Naval Intelligence - Anon.Poole: Arms & Armour Press, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper nicked at the top corner of the lower panel, a little sunned at the spine, a decent copy otherwise.
Includes: Black & white profiles; Black & white photographs; Diagrams;
From the cover: “This is a portrait of the Imperial Japanese Navy at the height of its power during the Second World War, as seen by U. S. Naval Intelligence. Originally compiled as a guide to recognition for Allied forces, it takes the form of a concise encyclopaedia of Japanese warships — from battle-ships and aircraft carriers to landing craft and auxiliaries — each class or ship comprehensively illustrated and described.
The naval battles of the Pacific War were titanic, with large numbers of warships in action on each side. Throughout the war, there were many fleets, squadrons and battle groups at sea at any one time; it was therefore vital that a ship spotted on the horizon or from an aircraft should be recognized at once as friend or foe. This book was prepared with that end in mind, to be carried on patrol and in action by U. S. warships.
The result, however, is much more than a mere identification manual; in effect it is a pictorial encyclopaedia of the Japanese Navy. With more than 2,000 illustrations, the pictorial content makes this the most comprehensive one-volume visual account of the Japanese Navy ever published.
Each of the major warships and each class of the lesser vessels is shown in photographs of the real thing and/or shots of beautifully made models. For the more significant ships, there are multiple views, demonstrating the appearance of the ship when seen from various angles and from the air; and each is also depicted in a tinted set of profile and plan drawings. A data table for each class lists the vital statistics, including displacement, dimensions, armament, speed, endurance, machinery, etc., and there is also a special section detailing the tactics and organization of Japanese landing operations.
This volume has been reproduced from the formerly restricted, official handbook, and accurately portrays the U. S. Navy’s view of its Pacific Opponent at the mid-point of the war. A new Introduction by A. D. Baker III, Editor of the English-language edition of Combat Fleets of the World places the book in its correct historical perspective.”