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    Does anyone know any good books on this time period? I have been looking to improve my knowledge in that area but so far I haven't been able to find anything other than some websites. Any ideas?
    There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. -Henry Kissinger

  • #2
    Here's a good site:

    http://www.russojapanesewar.com/

    Book:

    The Tide at Sunrise: A History of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
    by Denis Ashton Warner (Author), Peggy Warner (Author)

    I don't know if it's out yet.
    http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

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    • #3
      I just read "The Tsar's Last Armada" by Pleshakov which is devoted to the near round the world cruise of the Russian fleet that was utterly destroyed by the Japanese. Written by a russian with a very critical eye on the Russian navy.

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      • #4
        Thanks... I really need to read up on that part of history!
        There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. -Henry Kissinger

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dannybou
          Here's a good site:

          http://www.russojapanesewar.com/

          Book:

          The Tide at Sunrise: A History of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
          by Denis Ashton Warner (Author), Peggy Warner (Author)

          I don't know if it's out yet.
          Thanks for the info, dannybou. Its not a major interest of mine, but I would like to learn more of possibly the most forgotten war of the 20th Century. The idea of a small, poorly regarded island nation such as Japan humbling the immense and powerful Russian Empire was incredible, and no doubt brought many sleepless night to the Tsar and his General Staff.
          Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
          (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hogdriver
            Thanks for the info, dannybou. Its not a major interest of mine, but I would like to learn more of possibly the most forgotten war of the 20th Century. The idea of a small, poorly regarded island nation such as Japan humbling the immense and powerful Russian Empire was incredible, and no doubt brought many sleepless night to the Tsar and his General Staff.
            According opinion of modern Russian historians only revoution in Russia and large International pressure on Russia (mainly, Great Britain) let for Japan to win in this war. Some more months of military actions and Japan could lose war.

            I recommend you to read books of Russian writer Pikul ("Kreisera" ("Cruisers") and "Tri vozrasta Okini-san" ("Three ages of Okini-San")).

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            • #7
              Is there a way to verify this? Maybe declassified documents after 1990?
              http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dannybou
                Is there a way to verify this? Maybe declassified documents after 1990?
                Problem is in analize and understanding of well-known documents.

                Truth about Russian-Japan war became victim of policy.

                West authors had pro-Japan position because they were anti-Russian (and anti-Soviet later) biased.

                Soviet authors tried to prove that tsar regime was weak and addle, they describe most part of Russian generals and admirals of that war as complete idiots.

                I shal say more later.

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                • #9
                  I am not large specialist in this war but let's analyze Russian-Japan war of 1904-05.

                  It is funny to suppose that so little country like Japan could to be at war against Great Power of that time - Russia- for long time.

                  Japan had advantages -
                  - support of Britain (and many other West countries)
                  - relatively strong Navy (Russian Pacific Fleet was approximately equal)
                  - Russia had no many land troops in Far East
                  - Russia had long and weal supply lines before European part and Far East.

                  To the end of war Japan could to destroy Russian sea forces and to capture Port-Arthur Naval base. But Japan couldn't break Russian land forces before arriving powerful Russian reinforcements from European part.

                  According modern Russian historian Valeriy Shambarov Russian Commander General Kuropatkin was excellent commander (Soviet historians spoke that he was complete idiot) who used tactic of holding actions and attrition war before arriving reinforcements. (Criticism of Kuropatkin was made and in tsar's Russia by radical mass media which were under control of anti-government forces. Tsar didn't protect Kuropatkin because tsar didn't want to conflict with mass media...) And strategy of Kuropatkin was excellent, Japan couldn't to win in attrition war.
                  It is well-known fact that economy of Japan was in extremely bad situation in the end of war, Japan could not to fight some more months...

                  And scale of Russian defeats in combats is very exaggerated. According Shambarov Russia lost in this war only 37,000 killed men (it is common casualties of Army and Navy including casualties in Porth-Arthur and Tsushima). According Shambarov Kuropatkin used successful defense tactic... Japan could to win in battlefield only in case of quick destruction of Russian land forces in Far East. But Russian land troops were not broken, they retreated but it was slow retreat for winning of time for arriving of reinforcements.

                  And even Russian Navy was not destroyed completely. In that time Russia had most powerful fleet -Black Sea Fleet which didn't take part in war because Turkey didn't let for him to go out in Mediterranean Sea.

                  Russian cruisers from Vladivostok Naval Base made some successful raider operations in the Pacific Ocean to the East of Japan.

                  And Japan advantage in the sea was not so important in the end of war, because land territories were reasons of war and Russia could capture it and without using of Navy. Russian Army was strong enough for it.

                  So Russia could easy to fight for some years more but Japan was at the breaking point of it's possibilities in the end of war.

                  Only revolution and international pressure against Russia helped for Japan to win...

                  If Russia won that war all history of world could be other.

                  In this case Russia will not became Communist Threat for other world.

                  West countries helped for Japan in that war but later only their combined might let him to stop Japan expansion.

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