Japanese Light Cruisers of World War II In Action

Author(s)                 Wayne Patton
Publisher Squadron/Signal Publications
Date 2006
Pages 60
Format pdf
Size 11.4 Mb

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   When Japan joined the World War Two in December of 1941, the IJN - Imperial Japanese Navy - was made up of old 5500-ton light cruisers. The newest of them were three ships of Sendai class commissioned in 1925. The 10000-ton Tone and Mogami classes of cruisers had been designed secretly with 6-inch main armament in triple or 8-inch main guns in double turrets (they could be changed over), and this allowed them to be converted into heavy cruisers. The two Tone-class and four Mogami-class ships were modified and entered the War as part of the Imperial Japanese Navy heavy cruiser force... This publication shall be treated as an excellent companion to Wayne Patton's volume on the Japanese heavy cruisers of the Second World War, offering the readers comprehensive and perfectly illustrated overview. The tonnage of the vessels addressed n the present document varies between 5500 and 1000. Those vessels had a truly distinctive look - they were narrower and longer in comparison to their American counterparts. The cruisers were armed with the famous and deadly "Long Lace" torpedoes and were considered extremely dangerous opponents at sea. The content of the book provides an interesting and informative text summarizing the design matters and service life of each class of the Japanese light cruisers accompanies by many images and artwork...

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