Partial Bibliography for "Mysteries & Untold Sagas of the IJN", "Kido Butai" CV TROMS, and "Senkan" BB TROMS
© 2000 Anthony Tully
Sources in English and Japanese
Alden, John D. U.S. Submarine Attacks in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.
Barker, A.J. Yamashita. New York: Ballantine Books, 1973.
Bates, R.W. War College Analysis: The Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Belote, James K. Typhoon of Steel. Harper & Row, 1970.
Bergamini, David. Japan's Imperial Conspiracy. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1971.
Blair, Caly, Jr. Silent Victory. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1975.
Bulkeley, Capt. Robert J. Jr. At Close Quarters. Washington, Naval History Division, 1962.
Carpenter, Don and Polmar, Norman. Submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1986.
Craven, Wesley F. and Cate, James L. The Pacific: Matterhorn to Nagasaki. Vol V in Army Air Forces in World War II. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953.
Chihaya, Masatake, and Goldstein Donald M., and Katherine V. Dillon. Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991.
Costello, John. The Pacific War. New York: Rawson, Wade Publishers Inc., 1981.
Cutler, Thomas J. The Battle of Leyte Gulf. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
d'Albas, Andrieu. Death of a Navy. New York: Devin Adair Co., 1957.
Drea, Edward J. MacArthur's Ultra: Codebreaking and the War against Japan, 1942-1945. Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 1992.
Dull, Paul S. A Battle History of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Naval Institute Press, 1978.
Enright, Capt. Joseph F. Shinano! The Sinking of Japan's Secret Supership. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.
Falk, Stanley. Decision at Leyte. New York: W.W. Norton, 1966.
-------------. Liberation of the Philippines. New York: Ballantine Books, 1971.
Field., James A. The Japanese at Leyte Gulf. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.
Fluckey, Radm. Eugene B. Thunder Below! USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1992.
Fraser, Ian. Frogman VC.
Friedman, Norman. U.S. Battleships. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1986.
Fukui, Shizuo. Japanese Naval Vessels at the end of World War II. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1992.
Fuller, Richard. Shokan. New York, 1992.
Garzke, William H. Jr. Battleships: Axis and Neutral Battleships in World War II. Naval Institute Press, 1985.
Gray, Edwin. Operation Pacific: The Royal Navy's War Against Japan 1941-1945. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
Halsey, Adm. William F. Admiral Halsey's Story. New York: Mcgraw Hill, 1947.
Hara, Capt. Tameichi and Saito, Fred and Pineau, Roger. Japanese Destroyer Captain. New York: Ballantine Books, 1961.
Hashimoto, Mochitsura. Sunk: The Story of the Japanese Submarine Fleet 1941-1945. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1954.
Holmes, W.J. Underseas Victory 2 vols. New York: Kensington Publishing, 1979.
Hoyt, Edwin P. The Battle of Letye Gulf. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1972.
-------------. The Kamikazes. Arbor House, 1983.
-------------. The Men of the Gambier Bay. Middlebury, VT: 1979.
Inoguchi, Capt. Rikihei, IJN and Cdr. Tadashi Nakajima, IJN, and Roger Pineau. The Divine Wind. Annapolis, United States Naval Institute, 1958.
Ito, Masanori and Pineau, Roger. The End of the Imperial Japanese Navy. New York, W.W. Norton & Co., 1956.
Jentschura, Hansgeorg and Jung, Dieter and Mickel, Peter. Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945. Annapolis, United States Naval Institute, 1977.
Joint Operational Monograph Series, No. 116 (JOMS). The Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. Tokyo, U.S. Army Far East Command, 1952.
----------------------------------. No. 137 (JOMS). Philippine Area Naval Operations..
Karig, Capt. Walter J. Battle Report. Vol IV. Death of an Empire, Vol V. Victory in the Pacific. New York, Rinehart, 1949.
Koyanagi, Tomiji. The Kurita Fleet. Tokyo: Ushio Shobo, 1956.
Lockwood, Vadm. Charles A. Sink 'em All!. New York: Bantam Books, 1961.
MacArthur Historical Report Vol II.
Marder, Arthur, Mark Jacobsen, and John Horsfield. Old Friends, New Enemies: The Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. Vol.2: The Pacific War 1942-1945. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.
Millot, Bernard. Divine Thunder. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1971.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of United States Naval Operations in World War II. Vol. XII, Leyte. Vol XIII, Liberation of the Philippines. Vol. XIV, Victory in the Pacific. Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1949-1962. 1988 edition.
Nagatsuka, Ryuji. I was a Kamikaze. New York: McMillan, 1973.
Naval Historical Branch. Staff History of War at Sea. Vol VI.
Okumiya, Masatake and Horikoshi, Jiro and Caidin, Martin. Zero!. New York: Ballantine Books, 1971.
O'Neill, Richard. Suicide Squads: W.W.II. St. Martin's Press, 1981.
Orita, Zenji and Harrington, Joseph D. I-Boat Captain. Canoga Park: Major Books, 1976.
Parillo, Mark P. The Japanese Merchant Marine in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1993.
Polmar, Norman. Aicraft Carriers: A Graphic History of Carrier Aviation and its Influence on World Events. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1969.
Prados, John. Combined Fleet Decoded. New York: Random House, 1995.
Roscoe, Theodore. United States Destroyer Operations in World War II. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1953.
----------------. United States Submarine Operations in World War II. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1949.
Roskill, Capt. S.W. The War at Sea 1939-1945. Vol III, London: 1961.
Ross, Al. The Escort Carrier Gambier Bay. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1993.
Sakai, Saburo and Caidin, Martin and Saito, Fred. Samurai!. New York: Bantam Books, 1979.
Shurcliff, William A. Bombs at Bikini: The Official Report of Operation Crossroads. New York: William H. Wise & Co., 1947.
Silverstone, Paul H. U.S. Warships of World War II. New York: Doubleday & Co, 1972.
Skates, John R. The Invasion of Japan: Alternative to the Bomb. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1994.
Spurr, Russel. A Glorious Way to Die. New York: Newmarket Press, 1981.
Stewart, Adrian. The Battle of Leyte Gulf. New York: Scribner's, 1980.
Toland, John. The Rising Sun. New York: Random House, 1971.
U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific). The Campaigns of the Pacific War. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1946.
---------------------------------------. Interrogations of Japanese Officials. 2 vols. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1947.
U.S. War Department. Handbook on Japanese Military Forces. Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1991 re-issue edition.
Watts, Anthony J. and Gordon, Brian J. The Imperial Japanese Navy. New York: Doubleday & Co., 1971.
Warner, Denis and Peggy Warner. The Sacred Warriors. New York: Avon, 1984.
Warren, C.E.T. and Benson, James. Above Us the Waves. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1953.
Winton, John. The Forgotten Fleet. Michael Joseph, 1969.
------------. Sink the Haguro!. London: Seeley, Service & Co, 1979.
------------. Ultra in the Pacific. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1993.
Woodward, C. Vann. The Battle for Leyte Gulf. New York, McMillan, 1947.
Y'Blood, William T. The Little Giants: U.S. escort carriers against Japan. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987.
Yokota, Yutaka IJN and Harrington, Joseph D. Suicide Submarine!. New York: Ballantine Books Inc., 1968.
Yoshida, Mitsuru and Minear, Richard H. Requiem for Battleship Yamato. Washington: University of Washington Press, 1985.
Yoshimura, Akira and Murphy, Vincent. Build the Musashi! The Birth and Death of the World's Greatest Battleship. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1991.
Japanese Language Sources
Boeichio. Boei Kenshugjo. [Japan National Institute for Defense Studies]. Senshi sosho [Official History]. Vol. 56: Kaigun shogo sakusen [Sho naval operations]. Tokyo: Asagumo shimbunsha, 1972.
-----------------------. [Japan National Institute for Defense Studies]. Senshi sosho [Official History]. Vol. 54: Nasnei homen kaigun saukusen [Southwest Area Fleet operations]. Tokyo: Asagumo shimbunsha, 1972.
Fukui, Shizuo. Kaigun Kantei Shi.[Japanese Naval Vessels Illustrated 1869-1945]. 3 vols. Tokyo: Bestusello, 1974
-------------. Shusen To Teihokoku Kantei. [Japanese Naval Vessels Survived: Post-war activities and final dispositions]. Tokyo: Ahuppan Kyodo, 1961.
Kan, Kan'ichi. Fuchin. Senkan Nagato. Osaka: Umi no senki,3. 1972.
Mori, Shiro. Kaikusen (Zuikaku). Osaka: Umi no senkin, 2. 1971.
At the end of the war the United States government seized about 30,000 volumes of Japanese military reports, summaries and records, handwritten and out of order. They were microfilmed, the originals returned to Japan, and after a series of transfers, the bulk of them are now housed in the Naval Historical Center at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C. These consist in the main of  Tabular Records of Movement (TROMS) of Japanese forces and units,  War Diaries of particular forces, ex. DesRon 2, arranged on a monthly basis, and  Action Reports and Detailed Action Reports (DARs) of specific units, ex. Kumano DAR 25 November 1944.
It is some of these reports, particularly on the Leyte operation (JD 3 and JD 4), that Samuel E. Morison had translated into English and used for his research for his series United States Naval Operations In World War II. These translations from Japanese to English are also stored at the Naval Historical Center and form a priceless source in their own right, for many of the translated works are illegible on microfilm or the meaning has been lost. However, the bulk of the Japanese Navy Document Reels (JD) remain untranslated and due to this fact, they have seen little use. Among some of the reels I had translated and consulted are:
JD 2 Sho I (Battles off Leyte) DAR First Striking Force 16-28
October (signal portion)
JD 3 WD CA Nachi 1 - 5 November 1944
JD 4 DAR Kasumi 29 October - 13 November 1944
JD 4A TEN GO Operation and Kikusui Operation.
JD 8 WD of the 5th Fleet, 1 November 1944 - 5 February 1945
JD 9 WD BB Nagato, May - June 1945
WD CV Ryuho, 1 - 31 July 1945
DAR CV Unryu 19 December 1944
JD 10 WD CVE Kaiyo, 1 - 30 June 1945
JD 20 WD CA Haguro, 1 - 31 January 1945
WD CA Kumano, October - November 1944
DAR CA Kumano, 27 October 1944; 19 - 25 November 1944
JD 21 WD CA Takao, November 1944
WD Tone June 1945
DAR Kitakami 24 July 1945
DAR Oyodo 24 - 28 December 1944; 10 - 20 February 1945
JD 24 WD Desron 1, November 1944
DAR Desron 1, 31 October - 4 November 1944
JD 28 WD Desron 2, 22 November 1944 - 20 April 1945
DAR Desron 2, 20-30 December 1944; 6 - 8 April 1945
JD 34 WD Desron 10, November 1944
JD 35 WD Desdiv 2, December 1944 - January 1945
DAR Desdiv 2, 26-27 December 1944
WD Desdiv 17, November 1944 - May 1945
WD Desdiv 17 (DD Hamakaze), January 1945
JD 36 DAR Desdiv 27 (Shigure) 24 January 1945
DAR Desdiv 20, 3-4 November 1944
DAR Desdiv 30 (Satsuki), 21 September 1944
DAR 9th Transport Force (DD Yuzuki, Uzuki, Kiri),
9-13 December 1944
JD 201 TROMS of carriers Amagi, Kaiyo, Katsuragi, Ryuho, Unryu.
JD 204 TROMS of destroyers alphabetically (Akatsuki - Kasumi)
JD 205 TROMS of destroyers alphabetically (Kawakaze - Uzuki)
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