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The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War

by Mark Stille

The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was the third most powerful navy in the world at the start of World War II, and came to dominate the Pacific in the early months of the war. This was a remarkable turnaround...


US Navy Carrier Aircraft vs IJN Yamato Class Battleships

by Mark Stille & Jim Laurier

As the Pacific War approached a crescendo, the clashes between swarming US Navy carrier aircraft, and the gigantic Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Yamato-class battleships became symbolic of the fortunes of the...


Axis Midget Submarines

by Jamie Prenatt, Mark Stille & Paul Wright

During World War II, Germany, Japan, and Italy built approximately 2,000 small, inherently stealthy, naval craft to perform special operations and conventional naval missions. Much more numerous and more technically...


Guadalcanal 1942?43

by Mark Stille & Peter Dennis

The Guadalcanal campaign began with an amphibious assault in August 1942 ? the US's first attempt to take the fight to the Japanese. It escalated into a desperate attritional battle on land, air, and sea, and...


US Standard-type Battleships 1941?45 (1)

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

Written by US Navy expert Mark Stille, this book offers a unique insight into the Standard-type classes of US battleships. It provides a detailed investigation into the histories of each of the warships in the...


US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

This title follows on from a companion book covering the US heavy cruisers that were built prior to the war, together forming the definitive guide to the US's heavy cruiser classes. Versatile warships, the heavy...


US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1942–45

by Mark Stille & Tony Bryan

Aircraft carriers were the US Navy's principal weapon against Japan during the Pacific War. Development of the Essex class began in 1939, becoming the largest class of carrier ever to be built. Early in the...


Imperial Japanese Navy Heavy Cruisers 1941–45

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

Designed with little more than a passing nod to the international naval treaties of the inter-war period, the Imperial Japanese Navy's heavy cruisers were fast and heavily armed. Like the other vessels of the...


Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (1)

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

This volume will detail the history, weapons and tactics of the Japanese destroyers built before the war. This includes the famous Fubuki class (called "Special Type†? by the Japanese, which were, when completed...


US Navy Aircraft Carriers 1922–45

by Mark Stille & Tony Bryan

The USS Langley, the first American aircraft carrier, entered service in 1922. Despite being converted into an aircraft tender, it was the first step in a new direction for the US Navy and naval warfare. This...


Santa Cruz 1942

by Mark Stille & Howard Gerrard

Despite myth, the Japanese carrier force was not destroyed at Midway but survived to still prove a threat in the Pacific Theater. Nowhere was this clearer than in the battle of Santa Cruz of October 1942. The...


Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers 1921–45

by Mark Stille & Tony Bryan

The Imperial Japanese Navy was a pioneer in naval aviation, having commissioned the world's first built-from-the-keel-up carrier, the Hosho. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, it experimented with its carriers,...


Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (2)

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

During the Pacific War the most successful component of the Imperial Japanese Fleet was its destroyer force. These ships were larger and, in most cases, better-equipped than their Allied counterparts. Armed...


US Heavy Cruisers 1941–45

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

Designed and produced under the regulations of the Washington Naval Treaty, the heavy cruisers of the Pensacola, Northampton, Portland, New Orleans and Wichita classes were exercises in compromise. While they...


Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45

by Mark Stille & Tony Bryan

The Imperial Japanese Navy of World War II surpassed the Allied and Axis fleets in innovation and technology. This title covers the 12 Japanese battleships that saw service between 1941 and 1945, including the...


The Coral Sea 1942

by Mark Stille & John White

The Battle of the Coral Sea is unique in the annals of naval history. It is the first battle in which enemy fleets never came within sight of one another. Instead, aircraft launched from carrier decks were sent...


Tora! Tora! Tora!

by Mark Stille, Jim Laurier & Tim Brown

In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a massive air-strike against the American Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Supported by a group of midget submarines,...


Italian Battleships of World War II

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

Italy's navy, the Regia Marina was the fourth-largest naval force in the world at the outbreak of World War II, and yet is often overlooked and largely discounted as ineffective. In general the fleet was made...


Midway 1942

by Mark Stille & Howard Gerrard

In less than one day, the might of the Imperial Japanese Navy was destroyed and four of her great aircraft carriers sank burning into the dark depths of the Pacific. Utilizing the latest research and detailed...


USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers

by Mark Stille, Ian Palmer & Howard Gerrard

The IJN was a pioneer in naval aviation, having commissioned the world's first carrier, which was used against the US fleet at Pearl Harbor. The Americans followed suit, initiating a huge aircraft carrier development...