The Battleships Yamato and Musashi

Selected Photos from the Archives of the Kure Maritime Museum;

  • Subject: Battleships Destroyers and More
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    October 1, 2019
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  • Product Dimensions:
    8.25 × 11.75 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    29 oz
Hardcover $85.00
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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 do after he began work as a naval shipbuilder, and those that he was given in order to complete a photographic history of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s ships. The latter included images gathered by Nagamura Kiyoshi, a shipbuilder who proactively collected photos, and from the collection of machinist Amari Yoshiyuki. Moreover, with the help of shipbuilder Makino Shigeru, 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 massive destruction of official documents at the end of the war.

Editorial Reviews

“The Imperial Japanese Navy’s ‘Super’ battleships Yamato and Musashi were the two largest and most powerful of their kind ever built…. They were magnificent examples of the shipbuilders’ art and very significant in naval history…. This finely detailed and beautifully presented book does those magnificent ships proud. Replete with many excellent photographs and detailed drawings, it gives a comprehensive overview of their construction, trials and operations…. [A] fine book.” —Baird Maritime
“This is an excellent photographic compilation of these two famous ships. The close-ups of previously-published photographs are very well done. Modelers will have no shortage of close-up detailed images to aid in their models. I highly recommend this book.” —Nautical Research Journal
“A must-have, and likewise for anyone considering modelling any of these perennially fascinating but under-documented warships.” —Warship