Ordres de bataille

nomenclature aviation japonaise
This document is an initial list of the major late 30s and WWII types. I would welcome others to participate and make the list more comprehensive. Truly fanatical purists (if any) who want to pronounce the numbers in Japanese as well should follow the following general guide.

Convoy routing codes World War II
Liste des codes utilisés pour les convois

Reorganization of the Japanese Combined Fleet Air Assets (july 42)
Following the severe losses at Midway, the Japanese reversed their policy from offensive operations to defensive operations.  A new defensive perimeter was drawn that extended from the Aleutian Islands in the North, through the Marshall Islands in the east, through Rabaul and the northeast coast of New Guinea in the south, through to the Dutch East Indies, Malaya and Burma in the west.

To defend these lines, the Combined Fleet air assets were reorganized to maximize land-based air forces while still maintaining a core of aircraft carriers for the surface fleet.  The following tables show this reorganization of the new first-line Air Corps.

Navy department, office of the chief of naval operations (November 1940)
Proposal for assigment of aircraft and naval-aeronautic organisation – Fiscal year 1942

The Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II

Through instructions from the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to the Japanese Government, 12 October 1945, subject; Institution for War Records Investigation, steps were initiated to exploit military historical records and official reports of the Japanese War Ministry and Japanese General Staff. Upon disso – ,-. lution of the War Ministry and the Japanese General Staff, and the transfer of their former functions to the Demobilization Bureau, reseorch and compilation continued and developed into a series of historical monographs.

The paucity of original orders, plans and unit journals, which ore normally essential in the preparation of this type of record, but which were largely lost or destroyed during field operations or bombing raids, rendered the task of compilation most difficult ; particularly distressing has been the complete lack of official strength reports, normol in AG or G3 records. However, while many of the important orders, plans, and estimates have been reconstructed from memory and therefore are not textually identical with the originals, they ore believed to be generally accurate and reliable.

The organization of naval ship divisions, which heretofore hac not been noted, is graphicaily presented in the following charts. The horizontal line represents the active tour of the designated craft and the dates are noted in parentheses.

The list of naval craft noted in this Part is complete insofar as they comprised the respective divisions. Auxiliary minesweepers, submarine chasers and other auxiliary combatant vessels and transports ( L S V s ‘) which did not comprise any composite naval division are omitted. (See Appendix A for complete list,)

Tables showing losses of combatant and non-combatant vessels.

Tables showing submarine losses.

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