Japanese Combined Fleet 1941–42
The IJN at its zenith, Pearl Harbor to Midway

Author

Mark Stille

Illustrator

Jim Laurier


The Japanese Combined Fleet 1941–42, the IJN at its zenith, Pearl Harbor to Midway, is the 1st 80-page paperback book that is in the Fleet series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Ospreys Fleet 1 the Japanese Combined Fleet 1941–42 the IJN at its zenith, from Pearl Harbor to Midway, is a comprehensive account of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force at the height of its power. Authored by Mark Stille and illustrated by Jim Laurier, this book is the first in Osprey’s new Fleet series. This is a spectacularly illustrated, concise and comprehensive account of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force at the height of its power.

The book provides a detailed account of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Pacific War, when it was one of the most formidable navies in the world. The IJN’s combat power was concentrated into one force, the Combined Fleet. In the months following Pearl Harbor, the Combined Fleet enjoyed an unrivaled string of victories, shattering American, British, Australian, and Dutch naval forces1. This period of expansion and constant victories ended at the Battle of Midway, after which the Combined Fleet was forced onto the defensive.

Table of Contents

  • THE FLEET’S PURPOSE
    • Background to War
    • Pre-War Plans
    • Early War Strategy
  • FLEET FIGHTING POWER
    • The Ships
    • Technical Factors
  • HOW THE FLEET OPERATED
    • Organization
    • Command and Control
    • Doctrine
    • Intelligence and Deception
    • Logistics and Facilities
  • COMBAT AND ANALYSIS
    • The Fleet in Combat
    • Analysis
  • FURTHER READING
  • INDEX

The book is packed with superb original artwork, explanatory 3D diagrams, and maps. It examines the fleet’s doctrine, innovative tactics, and powerful warships. Packed with superb original artwork, explanatory 3D diagrams and maps, it examines the fleet’s doctrine, innovative tactics and powerful warships. It also details the qualities and importance of IJN leadership, logistics, naval infrastructure, and Japan’s shipbuilding capability. The book gives an account and analysis of the IJN’s combat performance during these crucial months – not just in the famous carrier battles, but also exploring lesser-known elements such as IJN amphibious forces and land-based aviation.

The book is divided into several sections, including the fleet’s purpose, fleet fighting power, how the fleet operated, and combat and analysis. Each section provides a deep dive into the respective topic, offering readers a thorough understanding of the subject matter.

Summary

Overall, Ospreys Fleet 1 the Japanese Combined Fleet 1941–42, The IJN at its zenith, Pearl Harbor to Midway is a spectacularly illustrated, concise, and comprehensive account that offers valuable insights into the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force during World War II. This book provides a comprehensive examination of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force at the height of its power, explaining why it succeeded and why it failed. The Imperial Japanese Navy entered the Pacific War as one of the three strongest navies in the world, and its Combined Fleet was its most powerful formation, which fought the dramatic and crucial early battles. It enjoyed an unrivaled string of successes, shocking the world with the destructive raid on Pearl Harbor. In the months that followed, the forces of the Combined Fleet shattered US Navy, British, Australian, and Dutch naval forces while seizing their colonies.

The modeler will find that this book is packed with original artwork, maps, and 3D explanatory diagrams of the fleet’s organization, tactics, and deployment1. This can provide modelers with accurate visual references for creating detailed and historically accurate models of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s ships and equipment. The wargamer will find a comprehensive examination of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force, including its tactics, operations, and deployment, which can help wargamers design and play out historically accurate scenarios. The detailed descriptions of battles and strategies can provide a rich context for game scenarios. Finally for the history enthusiast, modeler and wargamer, the book offers a coherent portrait of a historic naval fleet, including not just its ships, technology, and operations, but its doctrine, organization, logistics, intelligence-gathering, and deception efforts. This can provide history enthusiasts with a deep understanding of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Combined Fleet during its height of power. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in naval history or World War II.

Fleet 1, the Japanese Combined Fleet 1941–42, The IJN at its zenith, Pearl Harbor to Midway is an 80-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.

 

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