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Author Name:    ASHMEAD-BARTLETT, Ellis

Title:   Port Arthur : The Siege and Capitulation. First Edition

Publisher:    William Bllackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1906, 

Seller ID:   112330

ASHMEAD-BARTLETT, Ellis. Port Arthur : The Siege and Capitulation. Edinburgh and London : William Bllackwood and Sons, MCMVI [1906]. First Edition. Pp(6),[v]-xiv,[1]-511,(1), frontispiece (with tissue guard) + 23 plates + 2 folding maps + 2 large folding maps at rear. Index. 8vo, red cloth, gilt lettering to front board and spine. The Siege of Port Arthur (August 1, 1904 January 2, 1905), the deep-water port and Russian naval base at the tip of the Liaodong Peninsula in Manchuria, was the longest and most violent land battle of the Russo-Japanese War. "It has been my endeavour in the following pages to describe the Siege of Port Arthur. I joined the Third Army at the commencement of August 1904, just before the first assault, remained attached to General Nogi's headquarters until January 17, 1905, and entered the fortress with the victorious Japanese. An account written by an eye-witness who has not had access to official documents can harldy be considered complete or final. Whether these will ever be given to the world is a matterof great doubt, because the story of Port Arthur is such a tragedy to Japa nese arms from beginning to end that the Headquarters Staff are not likely -- at least, until the present generation has passed away -- to admit the faulty tactics which an official history of the Siege would disclose" - fromthe Preface. Contents : 1. The cause of the war. 2. Dalny. 3. The battle o f Nanshan. 4. Advance of the Japanese. 5. Description of the defences. 6. Capture of Taikosan and Shyokosan. 7. The strategical situation on land and sea. 8. Capture of Banrhusan works. 9. The great night attack. 10. Japanesecamp life. 11. Resumption of active operations. 12. Artillery and telephon es. 13. Men and manners. 14. Capture of Hachimachayama. 15. The assault of October 30th. 16. Sapping and mining. 17. Hospitals and transport. 18. Lifeat the front. 19. The eve of great events. 20. The assault of November 26t h. 21. The assault and capture of 203 Metre Hill. 22. Destruction of the Russian warships (pp.333-346, the sinking of the Poltava, the Retvizan, the Bayan, the Pallada, the Pobeida, the Perezviet, and eventually the Sebastopol, with a b&w photo "the Russian cruiser Pallada struck by a 28-centimetre shell as she lay at anchor in the harbour"). 23. The fall of North Keikwansan and Nirusan. 24. The final operations. 25. Surrender and celebration. 26. Closing scenes. 27. The fallen fortress. 28. Stoessel and surrender. Conclusion. Rebacked (with new front flyleaf), spine darkened, cloth smudged, insect nibbling to front board, corners bumped, foxing and soiling to some leaves, bookplate of Frederick Edwin Smith the First Earl of Birkenhead (1872 -1930), else a good copy. As is. 325.0


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