Capital Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1868-1945: The Yamato Class and Subsequent Planning

Lengerer, Hans

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87 photos, 202 figures and drawings, 60 tables, and 15 maps and tracks.

Recognising the impossibility of improving upon the (in)famous 5:5:3 ratio of the Washington Naval Treaty when the expected naval race would begin as the treaty expired, the Imperial Japanese Navy resorted to a strategy of qualitative superiority to overcome the American quantitative edge. The IJN succeeded, after many studies and false starts, in creating the world’s most heavily armed (nine 18.1” main guns in three triple