Two riveting accounts of victory at sea during the Russo-Japanese War
When Russia and Japan came to war in the East, in the early years of the 20th century, there can be little doubt that Russia’s command was hampered by hubris. An imperial power of many centuries standing was required to summarily deal with an eastern upstart which had but recently dragged itself into the modern age. That harsh lessons would be taught was beyond question, however it was to be the Japanese who would do the teaching. The Russo-Japanese War has become a fascinating subject, particularly for students of naval warfare, for it included the Battle of Tsushima. This special Leonaur book is essential for those interested in the naval aspect of this conflict, because it contains two engaging first-hand accounts from the Japanese naval perspective. The first takes the reader into the heart of the action with an officer of a Japanese cruiser, and is an outstanding and unusual account of ‘modern’ sea conflict. The second account tells of the sea war as seen by the only civilian correspondent who was permitted to join the Japanese battle fleet in action, making it a unique perspective from a western observer, particularly since the author had personal access to Admiral Togo. This Leonaur edition contains illustrations which were not included in the original editions of these books.
Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.