EH 31 The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905 by Geoffrey Jukes

By Geoffrey Jukes

В дополнение к российским книгам о русско-японской войне 1904-1905 гг. - 2 издания Osprey Publishing.

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From west to east the rest of the line was manned by the 3rd Siberian, 10th European and 17th Corps, a total of eight infantry divisions, with Cossack cavalry guarding each flank. The Japanese forces were, from west to east, Second and Fourth Armies, with First Army still approaching from the south-east. Russian military mapping of Manchuria had not envisaged retreats, and had given priority to South Manchuria; this meant the Russians were now operating on almost unmapped terrain. The maps hastily produced before the battle were sketchy and inaccurate, and this would cause problems as events developed, especially as most of the ground was covered in millet fields, in which troops would easily lose their way.

Nogi's Third Army would then be free to come north. Nicholas may even have believed Kuropatkin's claim of a victory, because on 25 October he ended the division of powers between Kuropatkin and Alexeyev by dismissing Alexeyev, and giving Kuropatkin the full military authority he desired. Ironically, on the very next day Kuropatkin showed his real view of his 'victory' in a memorandum he sent to all unit commanders, denouncing the troops as untrained and unskilled and senior officers as incompetent, if not traitorous.

By nightfall he had 5,000 killed or wounded; 12th Division had lost a third of its strength, but the Russian offensive had stalled only a quarter of the way to its objectives. As on other occasions in the war, Russian slowness to act had given the Japanese time to retrieve a potentially disastrous situation. The commander of the forces facing the other two Japanese Armies, General Bilderling, was required only to prevent their moving forces to counter Shtakelberg's offensive. He had specific orders to attack only after building a defensive position, then construct another before advancing further, and assume the defensive at once if the Japanese counterattacked.

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