“…distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history.”

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE

“…engrossing history not only recounting the development of Japanese air power—a topic which has not received much attention despite the perennial keen interest in World War II—but also deepening understanding of the nature of the warfare and surrounding political, technical etc matters bearing on it…a distinctive and engaging work filling a gap in any military history.”

The Midwest Book Review

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“…a rather more human view of events than is often the case.”

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE

“The book has two main strengths. First is the author’s great knowledge of the individuals behind most developments in the Japanese Imperial Air Service, from the policy makers to the technicians and engineers who designed the aircraft. We thus get a rather more human view of events than is often the case.

The second comes in the second half of the war, as the Americans begin to close in on Japan. Here the rather breathless writing style comes into its own, and we get a feel of a scene of panic and impending doom as new aircraft designs fail to live up to expectations, and the unreal atmosphere in which aircraft projects that couldn’t produce any results before 1946 or 1947 are approved as the Americans close in on the Home Islands.”

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“An immensely detailed account…

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE

“An immensely detailed account of how the Imperial Japanese Government embraced the concept of Air Power and how they developed Naval Aviation from before WW1 to the final defeat in 1945. This book is a triumph for Peter Edwards’ son Richard.”

Fleet Air Arm Officers Association