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Die Kaiserlich-Japanische Marine, 1941-1945
by Paul S. Dull
For almost 20 years, more than 200 reels of microfilmed Japanese naval records remained in the custody of the U.S. Naval History Division, virtually untouched. This unique book draws on those sources and others to tell the story of the Pacific War from the viewpoint of the Japanese. Former Marine Corps officer and Asian scholar Paul Dull focuses on the major surface engage ...more
Hardcover, German Edition, 534 pages
Published 1980 by Motorbuch Verlag
(first published 1978)
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Was ground-breaking in its day, but other treatments of most of the campaigns covered leave this book seeming shallow. Perhaps this was inevitable, given the scope of actions covered; from the beginning of the Pacific War to the end. So the book's an overview rather than the sort of carefully drawn history one finds in books that cover single battles or campaigns. Orders of battle are well-done and an excellent resource. Surface engagement descriptions are easy to follow. Carrier battle actions ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it · review of another edition
First published in 1973, this is the first Western history of the Pacific War to use Japanese archival material. It covers every engagement in which the Imperial Japanese Navy participated, from pivotal battles like Midway to small skirmishes in the Solomons campaigns. I found the style engaging and the detail well drawn. An excellent resource for any student of the Second World War.
Jul 30, 2016 Bill V rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a good book that focuses on the Japanese perspective of the war, specifically the naval segment. Over half the book is on the first year or so and the rest of the war feels rushed, but then again, by late 1943 the Japanese Navy was already a shell of itself and unable to fight as it had earlier in the war.
May 18, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Really a very well-done addition to a crowded field. What sets it apart is Dull's reliance on Japanese sources and his military knowledge. You really come away with a much better understanding of how the operational and tactical options looked from the Japanese commander's perspective
A work of impressive scholarship but the book is dry and the war after Leyte Gulf is basically skipped over, leading to some holes in the narrative. A few surface battles from that period are not even covered. Still, this is the definitive book on this subject.