IJN Anti-Submarine Escorts 1941-45

By Mark Stille, Illustrated by Paul Wright

The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was a little late in realizing that they would need a strong anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability when they entered the Second World War in 1941. This is surprising, as Japan was obviously an island nation and relied heavily on imports for its resource-consuming war effort. It was not until 1943 that the threat, from an ever-increasing force of US Navy submarines was fully recognised and massed production of ASW-capable escorts began the first of them in service by 1944. By that time, the tide of the war had long since turned against Japan and it was too little too late.

The latest in the New Vanguard Series (No.248) takes a good look at design, strategy, tactics and all classes of IJN ASW Escort from the Momi to the Ukuru Class. The book is filled with a number of black and white photographs (although none of them are very big), several profiles, two lovely paintings and annotated artwork of a Number 1 Class (Type C) ASW Escort. The book also features a number of technical and construction tables throughout.

A great subject that slots into the New Vanguard mould well – highly recommended. Thanks to Osprey for our review copy.


ISBN: 978-1-4728-1816-4

Price: £10.99

Pages: 48

Format: Softback – 184mm x 162mm

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Website: www.ospreypublishing.com