Category Archives: Military History

Newfoundland Regiment at the Somme

On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916, the Newfoundland Regiment (designated the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in 1917) participated in the massive Allied advance toward German lines. They were part of the 88th Brigade in … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: The 18,000-mile voyage

This is the final post of my series on the Russo-Japanese War. I have presented only topics that had a particular appeal to me, and there are many events of the war I have passed by: the battles of Liaoyang … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: Human Bullets

I would like to introduce you to Lt. Tadayoshi Sakurai of the Imperial Japanese Army.*  Having landed on the Liaodong Peninsula with General Oku Yasukata’s 2nd Army, Sakurai’s unit arrived just barely too late for a hard-won Japanese victory at … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: Strange journey of the “Novik”

August 1904. General Nogi Maresuke, with the Japanese 3rd Army, besieges Port Arthur. His assault columns make massive rushes against the garrison’s defense lines. The Japanese Naval Brigade brings in two 4.7″ howitzers and pounds the Russian fleet as the … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: Battle of Yalu River

“Unless I very much mistake, this small nation, Eastern to the backbone, is about to testify by the mouth of her cannon that the six Great Powers are not all the world but only a part of it.”* —General Sir … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: Death of Admiral Makarov

In my ongoing series about the RJW, I had planned to make only a brief note about Makarov’s death before moving on to the Battle of Yalu River. But the circumstance of his death caught my imagination, so I have … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: Torpedoes at Port Arthur

This is part of a series about the Russo-Japanese War. On February 6, 1904, a Japanese squadron sailed from its base at Sasebo on the southwest coast, near Nagasaki. They were to make a surprise attack on the Russian fleet … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War: Armies and attitudes

This continues a series about the Russo-Japanese War. For the information in this post, I owe much to the excellent book, The Russo-Japanese War: 1904-05, by A. Ivanov and P. Jowett.* The two armies—and navies—about to face off against each … Continue reading

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Finnish Civil War: A hellish conflict

This is Part 2 of a two-part series that started with Finnish Civil War: The Background. It was a war of child soldiers, terror squads, and prison camps. How could this happen in a country where a strong Social Democrat … Continue reading

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Finnish Civil War: The Background

This is the first of a two-part series on the Finnish Civil War. Once upon a time there was a country of vast boreal forests whose scattered inhabitants spoke a strange tongue more closely related to Hungarian than to Scandinavian … Continue reading

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