The sub-title suggests that this is a photo-essay. However, this exceptional selection of images is accompanied by crisp text in the form of captions and extended captions. Most recommended.
NAME: Japanese Battleships, 1897-1945, A Photographic Archive
AUTHOR: R A Burt
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Capital ships, armoured ships, line-of-battle-ships, steam power, bunker oil, heavy guns, spotter aircraft
DESCRIPTION: The sub-title suggests that this is a photo-essay. However, this exceptional selection of images is accompanied by crisp text in the form of captions and extended captions. Most recommended.
The author has a solid reputation for his work on the design, construction and service of British battleships. He has also assembled an outstanding collection of photographs on the capital ships of other navies and this has provided the basis of the collection of Japanese battleship images reproduced here.
Japan came rapidly from a closed community, that was forced open by US imperial actions with its gunboats, to a nation with a fleet that was able to take on the Russian Fleet and comprehensive defeat it. Key to this transformation was the design and construction of battleships that could stand against the most modern vessels of any power.
From this amazing transformation, Japan continued to innovate and to operate on similar lines to the Royal Navy, even copying British naval aviation tactics against the Italian Fleet to make the infamous attack on the US Navy in Pearl Harbour.
From its first pre-Dreadnought battleships, the Japanese Navy evolved to the monster Yamato Class with their 18 inch guns and collection of spotter aircraft, weighing in at full war load at over 72,000 tons, the fuel alone at 6,300 tons of oil weighting more than some cruisers.
The standard of illustration is first class and the fine photo selection is accompanied by neat drawings.