TOKUSETSU KANSEN! - Merchant Auxiliaries Troms' Bibliographies

Compiled by Robert D. Hackett, Sander Kingsepp, Allan Alsleben and Peter Cundall

English Language Sources:

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__________ WW II Wrecks of the Kwajalein and Truk Lagoons. Redding, CA: North Valley Diver Publications, 1989.

__________ WW II Wrecks of Palau.Redding, CA: North Valley Diver Publications, USA, 1991.

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________________________________. Junyokan!: Stories and Battle Histories of the IJN's Cruisers.

________________________________. Sensuikan!: Stories and Battle Histories of the IJN's Submarines.

Hara, Tameichi, Saito, Fred and Pineau, Roger. Japanese Destroyer Captain. New York: Ballantine, 1961.

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_________________ The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942. Annapolis. MD, Naval Institute Press, 1994.

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______________, The Battle of the Bismarck Sea. St Martin's Press, 1991.

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______________ Wahoo! Presidio. 1996.

Okumiya, Masatake & Horikoshi, Jiro & Martin Caidin. Zero! New York: Ballantine Books, 1971.

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

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Shores, Christopher, Cull, Brian with Izawa Yasuho. Bloody Shambles: Vol 1. The Drift to War to the Fall of Singapore.London: Grub Street, 1992.

____________________________________________Bloody Shambles: Vol. 2. The Defence of Sumatra to the fall of Burma: the First Comprehensive Account of Air Operations over South-East Asia, December 1941-May 1942. London: Grub Street, 1993.

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___________________Interrogations of Japanese Officials. 2 Vols. Washington: GPO, 1946.

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Japanese Language Sources:*

Agawa Hiroyuki. Kaigun Koborebanashi (Tales from the Navy). Tokyo, Kobunsha 2000.

Endo Akira. Senzen Senpaku. (magazine series).

Fukui Shizuo. Nippon Hojo-kantei Monogatari (The Story of IJN Auxiliary Vessels). Collected works of Shizuo Fukui.

Hando, Kazutoshi. Nippon Gunkan Senki (Battle Records of Japanese Warships). Tokyo: Bunshun Bunko Bijuaruhan, 1996.

Iwasawa Ryo. Saikyo No Kantai. (The Strongest Navy). Tokyo: Futami Bunko, 1995.

Kaibokan Commendation Union. Kaibokan Senki (War History) Tokyo: Hara Shobo. May 1982.

Kaijo Rodo Kyokai. Nippon Shosentai Senji Sonan Shi, 1962.

Kaku Kozo. Rengo Kantai 99 no Nazo (99 Mysteries of the Combined Fleet). Tokyo: Futami Bunko, 1995.

Katagiri Daiji. Rengo Kantai Gunkan Meimeiden (Dictionary of Famous Warships of the Combined Fleet). Tokyo: Kojinsha, 1995.

Kimata Jiro. Sensuikan Kogeki (Submarine Attacks). Tokyo: Kojinsha NF Bunko, 2000.

__________Nippon Kaibokan Senshi (Battle History of Japanese Kaibokan Frigates). Tokyo: Tosho Shuppansha, 1994.

Kizu, Shigetoshi. A 100-Year History of the Ships of Nippon Yusen Kisen. Tokyo: Ships of the World, 1984.

Kitazawa Noritaka, Superintendent of History Section, National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo. Correspondence with Alan Alsleben, 21 October 2004.

Kiyama Gen. Middoue Kaisen (The Battle of Midway), Rekishi To Tabi (magazine) Tokyo: Akita Shoten No. 8, 1988.

____________Operation Kita. Whole View of Pacific War. Tokyo: Akita Shoten, 1991.

____________The Battle of Midway.Gakken Vol. 4. Tokyo.

____________The Battle of Leyte. Gakken Vol. 9. Tokyo.

____________The Last Campaign of the IJN. Gakken Vol. 10. Tokyo.

____________Akizuki class destroyers. Gakken Vol. 23. Tokyo.

____________ Auxiliary Vessels of IJN. Gakken Vol. 37. Tokyo.

____________New findings about the IJN history.Gakken Vol. 45. Tokyo.

Komamiya, Shinshiro. Senji Yuso Sendan Shi, Parts 1 and 2.Tokyo: Shuppan Kyodosha, 1987 and 1995.

__________________ Senji Senpaku Shi. Privately published, 1991.

Minakami Kazuo and Naito Tomohiko. Etajima no Kyogo-tachi. (The Champions of Etajima). Tokyo: Shueisha, 1999 (Vol. 1), 2000 (Vol. 2).

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Noma Hisashi. Japanese Merchant Ships at War - The Story of Mitsui and OSK Liners lost during the Pacific War. Privately published 2002. .

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Watanabe Shinichi. Rei-Sen Bikkuri Deta 99 no Nazo (99 Mysteries of the Zero Fighter). Tokyo: Futami Bunko, 1995.

________________Shiden-kai Bikkuri Deta 99 no Nazo (99 Mysteries of Shiden-Kai). Tokyo: Futami Bunko, 1995.

*Contributed by Sander Kingsepp and Peter Cundall

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