Battleships and Battle Cruisers

Selected Photos from the Archives of the Kure Maritime Museum, The Best from the Collection of Shizuo Fukui's Photos of Japanese Warships

  • Subject: Battleships Destroyers and More
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  • Illustrations:
    197 b/w photos
  • Published:
    September 1, 2020
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  • Product Dimensions:
    8.25 × 11.625 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    40 oz
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Originally published in Japan in 2005, each album in the Japanese Naval Warship photo album series contains official photographs taken by the Kure Maritime Museum, as well as those taken by private individuals. These pictorial records document the main types of Japanese vessels, from battleships to submarines, based on the best images from Shizuo Fukui, a former Imperial Japanese Navy commander and technician. These photos include the ones Fukui began collecting as a young boy and continued to acquire after he began work as a naval shipbuilder, and those that he received in order to complete a photographic history of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s ships. The latter included images gathered by Kiyoshi Nagamura, a shipbuilder who proactively collected photos, and from the collection of machinist Yoshiyuki Amari. Moreover, with the help of shipbuilder Shigeru Makino, among others, Fukui was able to continue gathering photographs and other items throughout the postwar period. Thus it is not an exaggeration to say that Fukui dedicated his entire life to this work. These images are especially valuable because of the widespread destruction of official documents at the end of the war.  


The Kure Maritime Museum (more commonly known as the Yamato Museum), which opened on April 23, 2005, is located in Kure City, Hiroshima Province. It houses more than twenty thousand Imperial Japanese Navy photos. The collection focuses on the lives of key people in the city, as well as its culture and its industries, primarily shipbuilding and steelmaking—both of which were crucial to the establishment of the modern Japanese nation. The museum’s aim is to introduce Japanese history and showcase the technological achievements of previous generations, as well as to emphasize the importance of peace. 

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Editorial Reviews

“[A] beautifully presented book of first-rate photographs.” —Baird Maritime
“Modelers and historians fond of Japanese warships will be delighted by this book.” —Nautical Research Journal
Battleships and Battle Cruisers is an excellent continuation of this series of Imperial Japanese Navy image repositories, characterized by impressive clear and detailed photographs not often encountered in English language sources. The inclusion of early vessels and modernization images clearly showcases the origins and evolutions of Japanese naval design from the beginning to end, from foreign-built warships to the iconic IJN Yamato and her sister ship Musashi. This work is a welcome addition for scholarly researchers, naval historians, and detail-oriented ship modelers alike.” —The Northern Mariner