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Reading the book 'Neptunes Inferno', about the US Navy's battle for Guadacanal during WW II.   A lot of ships discussed during the book are right here in World of Warships.  Also, a lot of elements of the game are completely debunked by the book as well.  (I know,,, the sacred cow of balance,,, and it's an arcade game not a simulator [edited])


Either way, it's a really good book you should check out if so inclined.

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Great book, I read it this winter! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the early days of the sea war. 

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That's a great book. Another good one by the same author is The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. It's about the destroyers that took on the Japanese fleet during the Battle off Samar. Truly heroic actions in taking on ships up to 12 times their size. 

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"Sacred cow of balance". Oddly that has a nice ring to it...


Sounds like a very interesting book. I'll just have to take  look into it.:great:


It is a good book although not as good as The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.

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Book recommendations? Noice.


I'm reading "Altina the Sword Princess", even though it's not a book about ships there's an entire volume with naval warfare. I found it interesting because the story is about sail ships trying to beat the first steamships built by their version of the Royal Navy. It's a light novel so there are a few historical references mixed with japanese stuff but it's a nice read for anyone that enjoy tactics.


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That is a very good book. I have been meaning to reread it actually. Since we are on the topic of academic works, here are some selections from the bibliography of my thesis:


Pacific War Intelligence

Allen, Louis. "Japanese Intelligence Systems." Journal of Contemporary History 22 (1987): 547-562.


Baker III, A.D., ed. Japanese Naval Vessels of World War Two as seen by U.S. Naval Intelligence. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987.


Bell, Christopher M. “The Royal Navy, War Planning, and Intelligence Assessments of Japan, 1921-1941.” In Intelligence and Statecraft: The Use and Limits of Intelligence in International Society, ed. Peter Jackson and Jennifer Siegel. Westport: Praeger Publishers, 2005.


Drea, Edward. "Missing Intentions: Japanese Intelligence and the Soviet Invasion of Manchuria, 1945." Military Affairs 48:2 (1984): 66-73.


Drea, Edward. "Reading Each Other's Mail: Japanese Communication Intelligence, 1920-1941." The Journal of Military History 55:2 (1991): 185-206.


Ferris, John. “‘Consistent with an Intention’: The Far East Combined Bureau and the Outbreak of the Pacific War, 1940-41.” Intelligence and National Security 27:1 (2012): 5-26.


Ferris, John. Intelligence and Strategy: Selected Essays. New York: Routledge, 2005.


Ferris, John. “‘Worthy of Some Better Enemy?’: The British Estimate of the Imperial Japanese Army, 1919-1941, and the Fall of Singapore.” Canadian Journal of History 28:2 (1993): 223-256.


Ford, Douglas. "'A Conquerable Yet Resilient Foe': British Perceptions of the Imperial Japanese Army's Tactics on the India-Burma Front, September 1942 to Summer 1944." Intelligence and National Security 18:1 (2003): 65-90.


Ford, Douglas. "British Intelligence on Japanese Army Morale during the Pacific War: Logical Analysis or Racial Stereotyping?" The Journal of Military History 69:2 (2005): 439-474.


Ford, Douglas. "Strategic Culture, Intelligence Assessment, and the Conduct of the Pacific War: The British-Indian and Imperial Japanese Armies in Comparison, 1941-1945." War in History 14:1 (2007): 63-95.


Ford, Douglas. “‘The Best Equipped Army in Asia’?: U.S. Military Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Army before the Pacific War, 1919-1941.” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21:5 (2008): 86-121.


Ford, Douglas. The Elusive Enemy: U.S. Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese FleetAnnapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2011.


Ford, Douglas. "US Assessments of Japanese Ground Warfare Tactics and the Army's Campaigns in the Pacific Theatres, 1943-1945: Lessons Learned and Methods Applied." War in History 16:3 (2009): 325-358.


Ford, Douglas. “US Naval Intelligence and the Imperial Japanese Fleet during the Washington Treaty Era, c. 1922-36.” The Mariner’s Mirror 93:3 (2007): 281-306.


Kennedy, Greg. “Anglo-American Strategic Relations and Intelligence Assessments of Japanese Air Power, 1934-1941.” The Journal of Military History 74:3 (2010): 737-773.


Kotani Ken. "Could Japan Read Allied Signal Traffic? Japanese Codebreaking and the Advance into French Indo-China, September 1940." Intelligence and National Security 20:2 (2005): 304-320.


Kotani Ken. Japanese Intelligence in World War II, trans. Chiharu Kotani. Botley: Osprey Publishing, 2009.


Leary, William M. "Assessing the Japanese Threat: Air Intelligence Prior to Pearl Harbor." Aerospace Historian 34:4 (1987): 272-277.


Mahnken, Thomas G. Uncovering Ways of War: U.S. Intelligence and Foreign Military Innovation, 1918-1941. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.


Muir Jr., Malcolm. “Rearming in a Vacuum: United States Navy Intelligence and the Japanese Capital Ship Threat, 1936-1945.” The Journal of Military History, 54:4 (1990): 473-485.


Pratt, Fletcher. Sea Power and Today’s War. New York: Harrison-Hilton Books, 1939.


Puleston, W.D. The Armed Forces of the Pacific: A Comparison of the Military and Naval Power of the United States and Japan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1941.


Spector, Ronald H., ed. Listening to the Enemy: Key Documents on the Role of Communications Intelligence in the War with Japan. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1988.


Tully, Anthony and Lu Yu. “A Question of Estimates: How Faulty Intelligence Drove Scouting at the Battle of Midway.” Naval War College Review 68:2 (2015): 85-99.


General - Primary

Cook, Haruko Taya and Theodore F. Cook. Japan at war: An Oral History. New York: The New Press, 1992.


Goldstein, Donald M. and Katherine V. Dillon, ed. The Pacific War Papers: Japanese Documents of World War II. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2004.


Hara Tameichi, Fred Saito and Roger Pineau. Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - The Great Naval Battles as Seen Through Japanese Eyes. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987.


Horikoshi Jiro. Eagles of Mitsubishi: The Story of the Zero Fighter, trans. Shojiro Shindo and Harold N. Wantiez. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1981.

Sakai Saburo, Martin Caidin and Fred Saito. Samurai!. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991.


General - Secondary (My "top picks" in Bold.)

Fighter Combat Comparisons No. 1: Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat vs. Mitsubishi J2M3 Model 21 Raiden ('Jack'). Teaneck: Tacitus Publications, 1989.

Agawa Hiroyuki. The Reluctant Admiral: Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy, trans. John Bester. New York: Kodansha America, 2000.

Asada Sadao. From Mahan to Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006.

Barnhart, Michael A. Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search for Economic Security, 1919-1941Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.


Bartsch, William H. December 8, 1941: MacArthur's Pearl Harbor. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Bartsch, William H. Doomed at the Start: American Pursuit Pilots in the Philippines, 1941-1942. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1992.

Bartsch, William H. Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2010.

Beregerud, Eric M. Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific. New York: Basic Books, 2009.

Blair Jr., Clay. Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War against Japan. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2001.

Boyd, Carl and Akihiko Yoshida. The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2002.

Chesneau, Roger, ed. Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London: Conway, 1980.

Coox, Alvin D. Nomonhan: Japan against Russia, 1939. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.

Dower, John W. War without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986.

Dull, Paul S. A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1941-1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2007.

Evans, David and Mark R. Peattie. Kaigun: Strategy, Tactics and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2012.


Ferris, John. "A British 'Unofficial' Aviation Mission and Japanese Naval Developments, 1919-1929." Journal of Strategic Studies 5:3 (1982): 416-439.

Ford, Douglas. "A Statement of Hopes? The effectiveness of US and British naval war plans against Japan, 1920-1941." The Mariner's Mirror 101:1 (2015): 63-80.

Francillon, Rene J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. 2nd ed. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1979.

Goldstein, Erik and John H. Maurer, ed. The Washington Naval Conference, 1921-22: Naval Rivalry, East Asian Stability and the Road to Pearl Harbor. London: Frank Cass, 1994.

Hagiwara Mitsuru. "The Japanese Air Campaigns in China, 1937-1945." In The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945, ed. Mark Peattie, Edward Drea and Hans Van de Ven. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.

Harmsen, Peter. Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze. Havertown: Casemate Publishers, 2013.

Hirama Yoichi, "Japanese Naval Preparations for World War II." Naval War College Review 44:2 (1991): 63-81.

Hone, Trent. "'Give Them Hell': The US Navy's Night Combat Doctrine and the Campaign for Guadalcanal." War in History 13:2 (2006): 171-199.

Hornfischer, James D. Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal. New York: Bantam Books, 2011.

Jentschura, Hansgeorg, Dieter Jung and Peter Mickel. Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945, trans. Antony Preston and J.D. Brown. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1977.

Jordon, John. Warships after Washington: The Development of the Five Major Fleets, 1922-1930. Barnsley: Seaforth Publishing, 2011.

Kuehn, John T. Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2008.

Lacroix, Eric and Linton Wells II. Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1997.

Letourneau, Roger and Dennis Letourneau. Operation KE: The Cactus Air Force and the Japanese Withdrawal from Guadalcanal. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2012.

Lundgren, Robert. The World Wonder'd: What Really Happened off Samar. Ann Arbor: Nimble Books, 2014.

Lundstrom, John B. The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2005.

Lundstrom, John B. The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2005.

Mahnken, Thomas G. "Asymmetric Warfare at Sea: The Naval Battles off Guadalcanal, 1942-1943." Naval War College Review 64:1 (2011): 95-121.

Maurer, John H. and Christopher M. Bell, ed. At the Crossroads between Peace and War: The London Naval Conference of 1930. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2014.

Miller, Edward S. Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan before Pearl Harbor. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2007.

Miller, Edward S. War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. 15 vols. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2010.

Nofi, Albert A. To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940. Newport: Naval War College Press, 2010.

Parshall, Jonathan B. and Anthony P. Tully. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Washington D.C.: Potomac Books, 2005.

Pauer, Erich, ed. Japan's War Economy. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Peattie, Mark R. Sunburst: The Rise of Japanese Naval Air Power, 1909-1941. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2001.

Prange, Gordon W., Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon. At Dawn we Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor. New York: Penguin Group, 1991.

Ritchie, Sebastian. Industry and Air Power: The Expansion of British Aircraft Production, 1935-41. London: Frank Cass & Co., 1997.

Rubenstein, Murray. Fighter Combat Study Number One: The Curtiss P-40C vs. The Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Zero-Sen. Biloxi: Gamescience Corporation, 1976.

Shores, Christopher, Brian Cull and Yasuho Izawa. Bloody Shambles. 3 vols. London: Grub Street Publishing, 1992.

Toland, John. The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. New York: Modern Library, 2003.

Willmott, H.P. The Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Pacific Strategies, February to June 1942. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2008.

Zimm, Alan D. Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions. Havertown: Casemate Publishers, 2011.

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That's a great book. Another good one by the same author is The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. It's about the destroyers that took on the Japanese fleet during the Battle off Samar. Truly heroic actions in taking on ships up to 12 times their size. 


I have both of those books.    Pacific Crucible and The Conquering Tide by Ian Toll are also well worth reading.  They cover the Pacific War from before Pearl Harbor to just after the invasion of Saipan.

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That's a great book. Another good one by the same author is The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. It's about the destroyers that took on the Japanese fleet during the Battle off Samar. Truly heroic actions in taking on ships up to 12 times their size. 


This book is one of the best World War II Navy books I have ever read.


Highly recommended.

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