"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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    March 1, 2020
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  • Product Dimensions:
    8.25 × 11.75 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    40 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 after he worked as a naval shipbuilder, and those that he was given in order to complete a photographic history of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s ships, which include those gathered by Nagamura Kiyoshi, a shipbuilder who proactively collected photos, and the collection of machinist Amari Yoshiyuki. Moreover, with the help of shipbuilder Makino Shigeru, among others, Fukui was able to continue to gather photographs and other items throughout the postwar period. It is not an exaggeration, therefore, 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.  

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Editorial Reviews

“The photographs are extremely sharp and detailed and some are highly interesting in what they convey: destroyers moored in port; photographs showing vessels under full power conducting trials; refueling while underway; and one of the most dramatic of all, the destroyer Shiranui II…. Modelers and those who love perusing photographs are going to enjoy this book. Very highly recommended.” —Nautical Research Journal
“A must-have, and likewise for anyone considering modelling any of these perennially fascinating but under-documented warships.” —Warship
Destroyers is a solid visual guide to the majority of destroyers fielded by Japan during the early-to-mid-twentieth century, along with a good representation of select early torpedo vessels, late Second World War escorts, and patrol vessels. The clear profile views offered make the work quite useful as a recognition manual when dealing with images of Imperial Japanese support craft and the specifications sections offer good introductory information for both general classes and individual ships.” —The Northern Mariner