Fubuki-Class Destroyers: In the Imperial Japanese Navy During World War II

Hans Lengerer & Lars Ahlberg

Available November 2021


The World War II–era destroyers of the Japanese Fubuki class were the first of a type sometimes referred to as "super destroyers." These destroyers were extremely large and heavily armed with guns and torpedoes. Ironically, the IJN was pushed to create heavier destroyers by the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, which discouraged the construction of new capital ships. Particular emphasis was placed on ships that were important for the night battle preceding the "decisive battle." Thereby the stage was prepared for the Fubuki class, and it introduced a new standard for Japanese destroyers, a standard followed by almost all Japanese destroyers designed afterward. Presented here is the history of their design, construction, and combat history, relying primarily on original Japanese war-era source material, including numerous diagrams and photos.

Size: 9" x 9" | 150 b/w photos, line drawings | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764362873

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Hans Lengerer was in the Government service (executive) until retirement. After contacts with the late Erich Gröner he was encouraged by the late Jürgen Rohwer to publish on the IJN. He has written more than 50 articles and several books, including Die Flugzeugträger der Kaiserlichen Japanischen Marine und des Heeres, Band I. With Lars Ahlberg he privately publishes Contributions to the History of Imperial Japanese Warships. Lars Ahlberg is a retired Army officer. Since his early youth he has been interested in naval history and is the co-author of Taihō (Japanese aircraft carrier), Armourclad Fusō to Kongō Class Battle Cruisers and Battleship Tosa Demolition Tests to the Modified Yamato Class, vols. I & III in Capital Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1868-1945.