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Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2)

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2) Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review November 2013 Title Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2)
Author Mark Stille Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2013 ISBN 9781849089876
Format 48 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $17.95


Mark Stille continues his competent coverage of IJN warships with Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2) – the second series volume from Osprey.

This installment recaps the history of classes constructed during the conflict:

  • Asashio
  • Kagero
  • Yugumo
  • Shimakaze
  • Akitsuki
  • Matsu/Tachibana

Chapters chart design, construction, armament, modifications, and – ship by ship – wartime service and fates.  In fact, only 30 "wartime" IJN destroyers survived World War II.  And only one actually entered Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force service – the Tachibana-class Nashi.

Accompanying tables summarize shipyard, building and launching details.  And technical specifications conclude sections.  For a summary of IJN destroyer weapons and tactics, though, you must reference Stille's first volume.

A final section analyzes Japanese destroyer combat performance.  Photos, color drawings and action artwork illustrate text.  And a selected bibliography and index neatly wrap things up.

Stille's compact compendium capably complements his informative Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2) (1) (New Vanguard 198) and USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer (Duel 48).  Consider them a set.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!