Category Archives: Russian History

Words of endurance: War Story of a Violinist

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. Four Weeks in the Trenches: The War Story of a Violinist¬†can be found here. This short account by an officer in … Continue reading

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Words of endurance: Russian Hussar

This is one of a series about memoirs, novels, and poems authored by combatants of the First World War. All page numbers shown below refer to Vladimir Littauer’s Russian Hussar, Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing, 1993. On July 24, 1915, … 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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Russo-Japanese War: Insult and humiliation

My last two posts focused on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This one describes how Russia and Japan went to war over territorial ambitions embodied in the railway. In the spring of 1891, three years before his father died and he became … Continue reading

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