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seaforth78

Oh Yes, Philip Towle is well known in Anglo-Japanese studies.....A very good read.

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Dear Alll

Many thanks for the input. Greatly appreciated and lots to digest. The lists of Officers (thanks seaforth 78) are particularly interesting and may well provide some interesting leads. Thank you for taking the time to dig these up.

MG

Oh Yes, Philip Towle is well known in Anglo-Japanese studies.....A very good read.

I am not familiar with Towle or his writings. Is there anything in particular Inshould be trying to track down?

MG

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seaforth78

Here is a link to a good essay on British Observers of the Russo Japanese War by Towle.

http://www.russojapanesewar.com/aspects.pdf

(It's the second essay after Lone's)

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Here is a link to a good essay on British Observers of the Russo Japanese War by Towle.

http://www.russojapanesewar.com/aspects.pdf

(It's the second essay after Lone's)

Thank you. Clearly there is a mass of material.

Towle seems to argue that the British were unable to learn as much as they might have learned due to entrenched views. It was also interesting to see how different British observers had different (and occasionally conflicting) views on the tactical lessons. I am not sure that I would agree with Towle's views that the Cavalry was obsolete. The British and ANZAC used cavalry with some effect in Egypt and Palestine during the Great War,

The comments on Hamilton's character were interesting, as well as the alleged conflict between the British Officers. Friction between British Officers was a significant factor in 1914 and it is interesting to see evidence of this years in advance.

The one thing that really surprised me is the idea that Britain was close to entering the Russo-Japanese War with the Japanese and that France might have entered on the Russian side.

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The Ibis

In searching for Kuhn's papers for the thread on neutral observers of the Russo-Japanese War, I came across Lessons From the East: Nothing New That's Not in the Books by Chanley M. Mahoney of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The link: http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf&AD=ADA378244

The abstract:

Early this century the United States Army began to implement a long overdue and much needed reform program. This program began to form in the 1870s after Brevet Major General Emory Upton published the results of his military observer mission to the armies of Asia and Europe. In the conclusion to his report, he recommended changing the military policy of the United States and his suggestions later formed the basis for Secretary of War Elihu Root's reform program, some 20 years after he published his report.

Nearly 30 years after Upton's observer mission, the U.S. Army sent several officers to observe both the Russian and Japanese armies during the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-05. This paper will explore what these officers learned; the mechanisms the Army used to share their ideas; and whether the Army, as an institution, learned from the experiences of the observers. To determine this, the paper will examine the professional journals, Army War College lectures, and the subsequent careers of two of these officers.

Obviously this isn't focused on the British Army as per the OP's request, but it seemed related.

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Maureene

Martin

If you are interested in American advisors, I noticed two online volumes when I was looking for something else on Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library. Also Reconnaissance in the Russo-Japanese War by Asiaticus Translated from the German by J Montgomery 3rd Hussars

http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org

Cheers

Maureen

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Borden Battery

Here is an excerpt from the Raymond Brutinel Tapes, 1962.

TAPE 1.

Interviewer:

What led to the formation of the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade?

Reply:

I have very often been asked to relate the circumstances which led to my joining the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and consequently to the formation of the First Canadian Machine Gun Brigade.

I have done so verbally many times but I feel that this simple story should be told again and recorded, as it is really the starting point of a great adventure, the multiple phases of which could not be foreseen in August 1914.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

I had been a close student of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 and had been struck with the great fire power of the Machine Gun when employed in sufficient numbers by resolute men, well trained. I deplored the systematic ignorance of the qualities of these weapons shown by the French General Staff and also by the British General Staff, although with the light Vickers machine gun the British had the best machine gun available at the time - and, as far as I know, still unsurpassed.

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David Filsell

Lessons learned is an interesting use of words. Whilst it is clear that it was much observed, and much documented, any influence of the lessons does not seem to me to have had a positive influence on the British army - or did it?

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MikeMeech

Hi

For general views in what was going on in the British Army before WW1 then 'From Boer War to World War' by Spencer Jones is useful, also a couple of articles in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research - Spring 2009 'Was the British Army Lagging Technically in 1914? by Anthony Lucking, and, Summer 2012 'The British Army and Technology Before 1914' by Nick Evans.

'Lessons learned' in any battle can differ whether you are an observer or a participant. It would be no surprise that different lessons could be interpreted from the same engagement, we see it within both the Russian and Japanese armies at the time. Exactly what lessons did the Russian Army learn and what effect did it have on their performance in 1914? That would be the main question as far as WW1 is concerned. The British Army was still absorbing the lessons of the Boer War during the Russo-Japanese War so any information gained was additional to those lessons and how useful they would be in actual Army operations they were engaged in world wide not necessarily just a possible future conflict in Europe!

Mike

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sheldrake

You could try the RUSI Library. In addition to RUSI Journal articles, their catalogs lists 101 books

1.
Achtzehn Monate mit Russlands Heeren in der Mandschurei
Author: Tettau, Eberhard
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: E. S. Mittler und Sohn 1907
Book Reservation 70%
2.
Actual experiences in war : battle action of the infantry
Author: Soloviev, L. Z.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: United States Government Printing Office 1906
Book Reservation 90%
3.
The Battle of Liao-Yang
Author: Anderson, J. H.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1909
Book Reservation 70%
4.
The Battle of Mukden : with eight maps and two appendices showing composition of both armies: a supplement to the Militär Wochenblatt, to which has been added an essay: comments on the Battle of Mukde
Author: Donat, Karl von
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1906
Book Reservation 70%
5.
The battle of the sea of Japan
Author: Klado, N.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton 1906
Book Reservation 80%
6.
The Battle of Tsu-Shima : between the Japanese and Russian fleets, fought on 27th May, 1905
Author: Semenoff, Vladimir
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: John Murray 1906
Book Reservation 80%
7.
The Battle on the Scha Ho
Author: Donat, Karl von
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1906
Book Reservation 70%
8.
Before Port Arthur in a destroyer : the personal diary of a Japanese naval officer
Author: Tikovara, Hesibo
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Murray 1907
Book Reservation 80%
9.
The campaign in Manchuria, 1904 to 1905
Author: Sedgwick, F. R.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: George Allen 1912
Book Reservation 70%
10.
Campaign of Liao-Yang
Author: Rowan-Robinson, H. (Henry), b. 1873
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Constable 1914
11.
The campaign with Kuropatkin
Author: Story, Douglas
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: T. W. Laurie 1904
Book Reservation 70%
12.
Cassell's history of the Russo-Japanese War
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Cassell & Co. 1904
Book Reservation 80%
13.
Cassell's history of the Russo-Japanese War
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Cassell & Co. 1905
Book Reservation 80%
14.
Cassell's history of the Russo-Japanese War. Volume III
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: London : Cassell & Co., 1905
Book Reservation 80%
15.
The cavalry in Russo-Japanese War
Author: Wrangel, Gustaf
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1907
Book Reservation 80%
16.
Comptes rendus publiés par le Rousskii Invalid de Conférences sur la guerre russo-japanaise : faites a l'Académie d'État-major Nicolas
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Charles Lavauzelle 1906
Book Reservation 70%
17.
Comptes rendus publiés par le Rousskii Invalid de Conférences sur la guerre russo-japanaise : faites a l'Académie d'État-major Nicolas
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Charles Lavauzelle 1906
Book Reservation 70%
18.
Comptes rendus publiés par le Rousskii Invalid de Conférences sur la guerre russo-japanaise : faites a l'Académie d'État-major Nicolas
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Charles Lavauzelle 1906
Book Reservation 70%
19.
Das Angriffs-​Verfahren der Japaner im ostasiatischen Kriege, 1904/1905
Author: Luttwitz, R. Arthur
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: E. S. Mittler und Sohn 1906
Book Reservation 80%
20.
Das Schlacht bei Ljaojan : vom 30. August bis 3. September 1904
Author: Zell, August
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: L. W. Seidel & Sohn 1912
21.
Der Kustenkieg : und das strategische, taktische Zusammenwirken von Heer und Flotte im russiche-​japanischen Kriege, 1904/1905
Author: Polmann
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Ernst Siegried Mittler und Sohn 1912
Book Reservation 70%
22.
Der Port Arthur-Prozess
Author: Ursyn-PruszyGnski, Ritter von
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Karl Prochaska 1908
Book Reservation 70%
23.
Die Feuerprobe der russischen Armee : Tagenbuchblätte​r aus dem Hauptquartiere des 17. Armeekorps niedergeschrieb​en im Kriege 1904/1905
Author: Ullrich, Richard
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Eisenschmidt 1910
Book Reservation 70%
24.
An eye-witness in Manchuria
Author: Greville Leopold Guy Francis Maynard
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Eveleigh Nash 1905
Book Reservation 70%
25.
The fleet that had to die
Author: Hough, Richard, 1922-1999
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton 1958
Book Reservation 70%
26.
From Libau to Tsushima : a narrative of the voyage of Admiral Rodestvensky's fleet to Eastern seas, including a detailed account of the Dogger Bank incident
Author: Politovsky, Eugene S.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Murray 1906
Book Reservation 70%
27.
From the Yalu to Port Arthur : a personal record
Author: Maxwell, William, journalist
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hutchinson 1906
Book Reservation 70%
28.
From Tokio through Manchuria with the Japanese
Author: Seaman, Louis Livingston
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Sidney Appleton 1905
Book Reservation 80%
29.
The great siege : the investment and fall of Port Arthur
Author: Norregaard B. W.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Methuen & Co. 1906
Book Reservation 70%
30.
Human butllets : a soldier's story of Port Arthur
Author: Sakurai, Tadayoshi
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Constable 1907
31.
The illustrated history of the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Westwood, J. N.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson 1973
Book Reservation 80%
32.
The international law and diplomacy of the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Hershey, Amos S.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Macmillan 1906
Book Reservation 80%
33.
Japan's fight for freedom : the story of the war between Russia and Japan
Author: Wilson, H. W.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Amalgamated Press 1905
Book Reservation 100%
34.
Japan's fight for freedom : the story of the war between Russia and Japan
Author: Wilson, H. W.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Amalgamated Press 1906
Book Reservation 100%
35.
Japan's fight for freedom : the story of the war between Russia and Japan
Author: Wilson, H. W.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Amalgamated Press 1904
Book Reservation 100%
36.
The Japanese in Manchuria
Author: Cordonnier, E. L. V.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1914
Book Reservation 80%
37.
The Japanese in Manchuria
Author: Cordonnier, E. L. V.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1912
Book Reservation 80%
38.
The Japanese in Manchuria
Author: Cordonnier, E. L. V.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1914
Book Reservation 80%
39.
L'armée Russe après la campagne de 1904-1905
Author: Mahon Patrice
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Librairie Militaire R. Chapelot (successeurs de L. Baudoin) 1906
Book Reservation 70%
40.
Le siége de Port-Arthur
Author: Grandprey Clément
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Berger-Levrault 1906
Book Reservation 70%
41.
Lessons of the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Negrier François Oscar de
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1906
Book Reservation 80%
42.
The Liao-Yang Campaign
Author: Burne, Alfred Higgins, 1886-1959
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: William Clowes 1936
Book Reservation 70%
43.
A modern campaign
Author: Fraser, David
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Methuen 1905
Book Reservation 80%
44.
My experiences at Nan Shan and Port Arthur : with the Fifth East Siberian Rifles
Author: Tretyakov, N. A.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1911
Book Reservation 70%
45.
The Novik and the Part She Played in the Russo-Japanese War, 1904
Author: Steer, Andrew Petrovitch
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: London : Murray 1913
Book Reservation 80%
46.
Operations maritimes de la Guerre Russo-Japonaise : historique officiel publié par lÉtat-Major Général de la Marine Japonaise
Author: Japan
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Librairie Militaire R. Chapelot (successeurs de L. Baudoin) 1910
Book Reservation 80%
47.
Operations maritimes de la Guerre Russo-Japonaise : historique officiel publié par lÉtat-Major Général de la Marine Japonaise
Author: Japan
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Librairie Militaire R. Chapelot (successeurs de L. Baudoin) 1911
Book Reservation 80%
48.
The origins of the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Nish Ian
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Longman 1985
Book Reservation 90%
49.
An outline of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904, 1905
Author: Ross, Charles
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Macmillan & Co. 1912
Book Reservation 100%
50.
Port Arthur : the siege and capitulation
Author: Ashmead-Bartlett, Ellis
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons 1906
Book Reservation 70%
51.
Port Arthur : three months with the besiegers: a diurnal of occurrents
Author: Villiers, Frederic
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co. 1905
Book Reservation 70%
52.
The price of blood
Author: Semenoff, Vladimir
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Murray 1910
Book Reservation 70%
53.
Rasplata : his diary during the blockade of Port Arthur and the voyage of Admiral Rojestvensky's fleet
Author: Semenoff, Vladimir
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Murray 1909
Book Reservation 70%
54.
Reconnaissance in the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Asiaticus
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1908
Book Reservation 80%
55.
Red sun rising : the siege of Port Arthur
Author: Hargreaves, Reginald.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1962
Book Reservation 70%
56.
The Russian army and the Japanese War
Author: Kuropatkin Alexei N.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Murray 1909
Book Reservation 90%
57.
The Russian army and the Japanese War
Author: Kuropatkin Alexei N.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Murray 1909
Book Reservation 90%
58.
The Russian Navy in the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Klado, N.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hurst & Blackett 1905
Book Reservation 80%
59.
The Russo-Japanese conflict : its causes and issues
Author: Asakawa Kan Ichi
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Constable 1904
Book Reservation 70%
60.
The Russo-Japanese War
Author: Cowen, Thomas
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Edward Arnold 1904
61.
The Russo-Japanese War : official reports
Author: Kinai M.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Shimbashido 1905
Book Reservation 80%
62.
The Russo-Japanese War fully illustrated
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Kinkodo-Shoseki-Kabushiki-Kaisha Maruzen-Kabushiki-Kaisha 1904
Book Reservation 80%
63.
The Russo-Japanese War fully illustrated
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Kinkodo-Shoseki-Kabushiki-Kaisha Maruzen-Kabushiki-Kaisha 1905
Book Reservation 80%
64.
The Russo-Japanese War fully illustrated
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Kinkodo-Shoseki-Kabushiki-Kaisha Maruzen-Kabushiki-Kaisha 1904
Book Reservation 80%
65.
The Russo-Japanese War on land, 1904-1905
Author: Anderson, J. H.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1909
Book Reservation 80%
66.
The Russo-Japanese War on land, 1904-1905
Author: Anderson, J. H.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1905
Book Reservation 80%
67.
The Russo-Japanese War on land : a brief account of the strategy and major tactics of the war
Author: Sedgwick, F. R.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Forster, Groom & Co. 1907
Book Reservation 90%
68.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 100%
69.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 90%
70.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 90%
71.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 90%
72.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 90%
73.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 90%
74.
The Russo-Japanese War reports
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 90%
75.
Russo-Japanese War reports
Author: Jardine J. B.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: [no publisher] 1904
Book Reservation 80%
76.
The Russo-Japanese War Reports, vol. 1, part 1, maps
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: London : H.M.S.O. 1908
Book Reservation 80%
77.
A secret agent in Port Arthur
Author: Greener William
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Constable & Co. 1905
Book Reservation 70%
78.
A short account of the Russo-Japanese War : for examination purposes
Author: Footslogger
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Forster, Groom & Co. 1925
Book Reservation 80%
79.
The siege and fall of Port Arthur
Author: Smith, W. Richmond
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Eveleigh Nash 1905
Book Reservation 70%
80.
The Siege of Port Arthur : records of an eye-witness
Author: James David H.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin 1905
81.
Sketches of Manchurian battlefields : with a verbal description of Southern Manchuria: an aid to the study of the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Glasfurd Alexander Inglis Robertson
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hugh Rees 1910
Book Reservation 80%
82.
A staff officer's scrap-book during the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Hamilton Ian
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Edward Arnold 1905
Book Reservation 80%
83.
A staff officer's scrap-book during the Russo-Japanese War,
Author: Hamilton Ian
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Arnold 1907
Book Reservation 80%
84.
Story of the Russo-Japanaese War, 1904-1905
Author: Brunker, H. M. E. (Henry Molyneux Edward), 1844-1911
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Forster, Groom & Co. 1911
Book Reservation 80%
85.
Story of the Russo-Japanaese War, 1904-1905
Author: Brunker, H. M. E. (Henry Molyneux Edward), 1844-1911
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Forster, Groom & Co. 1909
Book Reservation 80%
86.
A study of the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Chasseur
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons 1905
Book Reservation 80%
87.
A study of the strategy and tactics of the Russo-Japanese war, 1904, up to 24th August, illustrating the principles of war and the field service regulations
Author: Kearsey Alexander Horace Cyril
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Gale & Polden 1904
Book Reservation 90%
88.
The tide at sunrise : a history of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
Author: Warner, Denis
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Angus and Robertson 1975
Book Reservation 80%
89.
The truth about Port Arthur
Author: Lindsay A. B.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: John Murray 1908
Book Reservation 70%
90.
Tsushima : [grave of a floating city]
Author: Novikov-Priboi Aleksei Silych
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Allen and Unwin 1936
Book Reservation 70%
91.
The turning point : three critical years, 1904-1906
Author: Paléologue, Maurice
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. 1935
Book Reservation 70%
92.
Under the care of the Japanese War Office
Author: McCaul, Ethel
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Cassell & Co. 1905
Book Reservation 90%
93.
War and neutrality in the Far East
Author: Lawrence T. J.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Macmillan & Co. 1904
Book Reservation 80%
94.
The war in the Far East, 1904-1905
Author: Repington, Charles à Court
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: John Murray 1905
Book Reservation 80%
95.
With Kuroki in Manchuria
Author: Palmer Frederick
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Methuen 1904
Book Reservation 70%
96.
With Russian, Japanese and Chunchuse : the experiences of an Englishman during the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Brindle, Ernest
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: John Murray 1905
Book Reservation 90%
97.
With the Cossaks : being the story of an Irishman who rode with the Cossaks throughout the Russo-Japanese War
Author: McCullagh, Francis
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Eveleigh Nash 1904
Book Reservation 80%
98.
With the Russians in Manchuria
Author: Baring, Maurice
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Methuen 1905
Book Reservation 70%
99.
With Togo : the story of seven months' active service under his command
Author: Wright, H. C. Seppings
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Hurst 1905
Book Reservation 70%
100.
Witnesses of Tsushima
Author: Westwood, J. N.
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Sophia University 1970
Book Reservation 70%
101.
The yellow war
Author: James Lionel
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons 1905
Book Reservation 80%

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David Filsell

Certainly a very full bibliography, but I repeat my question somewhat to ask what evidence is there of influence of the war affecting Britsh Army doctrine. Like for instance employing long fields of fire, incorrectly, as consequence of the experience of the Boer War during the early stages of the Great War.

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MikeMeech

Hi

On Artillery Spencer Jones, in the book mentioned in previous post, page 156-158 comments that:

"The Russo-Japanese War provided a timely reminder of the growing importance of artillery and had the valuable effect of increasing interest in cooperative tactics. However, it offered relatively little that was new to the Royal Artillery.".... "The Russo-Japanese War tended to confirm the lessons that had been demonstrated in the Boer War rather than offering anything that was entirely new, but it did have the valuable effect of increasing interest in and debate on the subject."..... "The ideas drawn from the Boer War and confirmed by the Russo-Japanese War proved a valuable basis for future development. The tactics of accurate long-range fire, concealment, and close co-operation with infantry were all essentially correct, and it was a lack of numbers and an absence of uniform doctrine that hampered the gunners in 1914 rather than inherent tactical flaws as in the case of the French."

Mike

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Maureene
On 01/01/2016 at 05:23, sheldrake said:

You could try the RUSI Library. In addition to RUSI Journal articles, their catalogs lists 101 books

 
Campaign of Liao-Yang
Author: Rowan-Robinson, H. (Henry), b. 1873
Call Number: Russo-Japanese War
Publisher: Constable 1914
 

Available online at archive.org

https://archive.org/details/campaignofliaoya00rowa/page/n7

The Campaign of Liao-Yang by Major H Rowan-Robinson RA 1914

A book in the series Campaigns and Their Lessons, edited by Colonel C E Callwell

 

Cheers

Maureen

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Borden Battery

Try this society as well.  Borden Battery

 

The Russo-Japanese War Research Society

The Russo-Japanese War Research Society is an on-line study group dedicated to the research and documentation of the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05.  Their goal is the quality presentation of articles and archives relating to the war as well as the pre and post war periods. They also offer a free on-line message board, a store where you can buy historic and collectible items, and a book store. [CEF Study Group – Dec 2018]

http://russojapanesewar.com/

 

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2ndCMR

Thread began in 2015, but in the unlikely event the OP is still looking, Col. R.V.K. Applin's autobiography and book on machine gun tactics will prove of interest.

 

https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/189847

 

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