[Four maps relating to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5].Russian Mine-fields off the Kuan-Tung Peninsula, Feb, - Aug. 1904. [&] Nan Shan. [&] Te-Li-Ssu. Situation from 13th to 15th June 1904. [&] Ta-Shih-Chiao. 24th July 1904.
Ordnance Survey, Southampton, 1910.
Four colour photo-lithographic maps, scarce, largest 420 x 450mm, 16¼ x 17¾". Folded as issued.
Four maps relating to the first year of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-5), which, to everyone's surprise, Russia lost badly. Fought because of both nations' expansionist policies in Manchuria and Korea, it was the first great war of the 20th century and saw the use of new technology and tactics including torpedo boats, submarines and mine-laying. The first map shows the Japanese blockage of the Russian fleet at Port Arthur, showing the sites of mines and their victims on both sides. The second & third maps show the battles of Te-li-Ssu and Nanshan, during the Russian attempt to break the Port Arthur blockade by land, botched by the inept commanders. The fourth map shows the small-scale Battle of Tashihchiao for control of an important junction between the main line on the South Manchurian Railway and a spur which led to the old treaty port of Yingkou, needed by the Japanese for the movement of troops, again a Japanese victory.
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