The Battle of Tsushima


By: Phil Carradice
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781526743343
Published: 30th April 2020
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

Current purchase price:
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The Battle of Tsushima

In 1905 Japan and Russia were at war. With the Russian Far East Fleet destroyed, the Czar decided to send his Baltic Fleet half way around the world to exact revenge. This mammoth journey took many months and was, in itself, an amazing feat of seamanship. But, at the end of this epic adventure, the Russians were totally overwhelmed and the vast majority of the fleet went to the bottom. There was no alternative for the Czar but to sue for an ignominious peace.

The story of the journey and the final battle remain fascinating, the people involved acting and deporting themselves like characters from a novel. Russian Admiral Rozhestvensky was a gunnery expert but someone who had never held active command in a major sea battle. Japanese Admiral Togo had trained in Britain, enlisting as a cadet on the Training Ship Worcester, even though he was far too old and was forced to lie about his age. Inept generalship on the part of the Russians, combined with brilliant seamanship from the Japanese Admiral Togo, saw the complete destruction of the Russian fleet.

The naval battle of Tsushima is one of the forgotten actions of the twentieth century, but it has a significance that is immense in world history.

 

 




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