Mukden 1905

Russia and Japan's Battle for Manchuria

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Mukden 1905

Russia and Japan's Battle for Manchuria

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A compelling narrative of the largest land battle of its time, and the decisive engagement of the Russo-Japanese War.

Mukden stands out as the most significant battle of the Russo-Japanese War. By February 1905, the conflict had reached its culmination, as Port Arthur had fallen to the Japanese after an epic six-month siege. Now free to mass all his field armies, Japanese commander Marshal Oyama shifted his focus to the Russian forces assembled around the city of Mukden. The Russians, led by General Kuropatkin and numbering over 300,000 men, had finally achieved sufficient strength to conduct their own offensive. A Russian victory would be vital to save both deteriorating morale in the army, as well as to reassure the home front.

This fascinating work documents the decisive set-piece battle between the opposing sides on the plains of Manchuria. Maps, diagrams, battlescene artwork and period photos bring to life the brutal clash, the largest battle in history up to that point. Exploring the unabated fighting across a 40-mile-long front in the depths of winter, John Valitutto considers how effective the manoeuvring of each side was, the trench warfare that prefigured World War I, and the influence of machine guns and massed heavy artillery on the battle's outcome. Mukden made it clear to all that the conduct of war was changing, with new technologies and tactics demonstrating their terrible potential to the world.

Table of Contents

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Origins of the Campaign
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Forces and Orders of Battle
Opposing Plans
The Campaign
The Battlefield Today

Product details

Published Feb 25 2025
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472864222
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 413
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


John Valitutto

John Valitutto is an active-duty US Army infantry…


Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…


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