The World War II?ra destroyers of the Japanese Fubuki class were the first of a type sometimes referred to as "super destroyers." These destroyers were extremely large and heavily armed with guns and torpedoes. Ironically, the IJN was pushed to create heavier destroyers by the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty, which discouraged the construction of new capital ships. Particular emphasis was placed on ships that were important for the night battle preceding the "decisive battle." Thereby the stage was prepared for the Fubuki class, and it introduced a new standard for Japanese destroyers, a standard followed by almost all Japanese destroyers designed afterward. Presented here is the history of their design, construction, and combat history, relying primarily on original Japanese war-era source material, including numerous diagrams and photos.?
Hans Lengerer was in the Government service (executive) until retirement. After contacts with the late Erich Gr?er he was encouraged by the late J?gen Rohwer to publish on the IJN. He has written more than 50 articles and several books, including Die Flugzeugtr?er der Kaiserlichen Japanischen Marine und des Heeres, Band I. With Lars Ahlberg he privately publishes Contributions to the History of Imperial Japanese Warships. Lars Ahlberg is a retired Army officer. Since his early youth he has been interested in naval history and is the co-author of Taih??(Japanese aircraft carrier), Armourclad Fus??to Kong??Class Battle Cruisers and Battleship Tosa Demolition Tests to the Modified Yamato Class, vols. I & III in Capital Ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1868-1945.


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