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Imperial Japanese Army and Navy Uniform and Equipment
by Carol Moody
Hardcover (1989)

A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945
by Paul Dull
Hardcover  (1978)

Extremely detailed and factual. An excellent complement to Gordon Prange's historical overview of the before and after issues.    Excellent maps regarding various Japanese battles including the day before Pearl.   For the true Pearl Harbor buff.   A must for your WWII collection. JJR,M.A. Phoenix AZ.
A particularly well research account of the IJN's war.
Paul Dull was the first historian to write about the Japanese side of the Second World war, from the perspective of the Imperial Japanese Navy.   He did so with skill, using the Japanese records to their fullest, and managed to write a book which encompasses the campaigns of the IJN and illustrates them perfectly with track charts, orders of battle, and some of the finest prose I have yet read.   With his work, Dull set the stage for more fine books, but his will remain the measure of all later accounts.

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One of the great spectacles of modern naval history is the Imperial Japanese Navy's instrumental role in Japan's rise from an isolationist feudal kingdom to a potent military empire stridently confronting, in 1941, the world's most powerful nation.    Years of painstaking research and analysis of previously untapped Japanese-language resources have produced this remarkable history of the navy's dizzying development, tactical triumphs, and humiliating defeat.   Unrivalled in its breadth of coverage and attention to detail, this important new study explores the foreign and indigenous influences on the navy's thinking about naval warfare and how to plan for it.   Focusing primarily on the much-neglected period between the world wars, David C. Evans and Mark R. Peattie, two widely esteemed historians, persuasively explain how the Japanese failed to prepare properly for the war in the Pacific despite an arguable advantage in capability.
This book fills the huge void on the Japanese navy prior to WWII.  Virtually all other available books start at Pearl Harbor with no analysis of how (or why) the Japanese navy had a modern, fully trained, and equipped navy capable of challenging the US.    I bought the book on spec purely because of a lack of other publications on the subject but was very pleasantly surprised to find how well written it was.    Apart from the content it was a pleasure to read it, an observation I can't make about many books on specialised military topics.   A strong recommendation for readers who have had enough of the actual war stories (such as Paul Dull's excellent book) and want some background.

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