Monaco resident Martin Stansfeld’s epic work focused on the strategic naval implication of choices made by the Japanese leadership during the Second World War has been published by the prestigious military publishing house Pen & Sword.

Celebrating the occasion with friends at a meeting of the Beaverbrook Club in Cap d’Ail on Tuesday, November 30, the day the title was officially launched, Martin said that it had been a hard slog to get to the point where the book sees the light of day, but the pleasure of seeing it published and receiving good reviews made it all worthwhile.

His Japanese Carriers and Victory in the Pacific has already received very favourable reviews. “A good book about a credible and possible way for Japan to avoid defeat in the Pacific war,” Mathieu Gaudreault wrote on Good Reads.

“It’s a dilemma between which capital ships to build – battleships and heavy cruisers or aircraft carriers – should the Japanese navy build in its attempt to be a tool to help Japan gets its sphere of influence in the Asiatic waters. In this well-researched and pleasant book, which is spiced here and there by amusing anecdotes, the reader can see how by building more carriers and eschewing big warships with big guns the IJN could change the course of the Pacific war,” Gaudreault said.

Martin is no stranger to publishing, having been heavily involved in Debrett’s Quest for King Arthur (later published by Doubleday) and with Debrett’s the publication of Debrett’s Texas Peerage as editor of Debrett’s American Society series published by Putnam.

The timing of the publication of e Carriers and Victory in the Pacific is particularly significant as the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Habor will take place next week.

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PHOTO: Martin Stansfeld Ian Brodie