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Re: Japanese Auxiliary Cruisers
i think ALL navies planned to use AMCs to expand their cruiser squadrons! the ITALIANS just did not have a chance being trapped in restricted areas by much superior ships! the Japanese tended to blur the distinction between AMC and ARMED TRANSPORT! i can only think of the one failed mission when they were used as cruisers, the rest of the time they were more overmanned transports!
in print the best book i have is in the IJN NAVY WARSHIP SERIES by A N BATALOV Arrmed Merchant Cruisers and Converted Gunboats of the IJN 1894-1945, he has also done Auxiliary Vessels of the IJN . both are mostly small photos 2 to a page with short details and history, unfortunately few are wartime pictures but as so many were sunk that is not surprising!
The link below about landing barges led me to roll through Combinedfleet's site and see the activities of Japanese Auxiliary cruisers particularly the two, HOKOKU and AIKOKU MARU. Any published work available dealing with Japanese Aux. Cruiser operations? Particularly the forecast need, design requirements, etc?
Where they inspired by the use of AMCs or disguised raiders? That is was effort made to disguise the armament when they were on operation? Appears they operated as an actual cruiser squadron. Working in pairs on ops. based on CF TROMs.
Well it is an interesting story. I understand the Italians tried using AMCs as well in WW2. Did not go well. Spanish Nationalist fleet did and had positive results in the SCW.
Don't forget to add the forgotten sister Gokoku Maru.
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