- Taschenbuch: 140 Seiten
- Verlag: Mushroom Model Publications (24. Juli 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 8363678309
- ISBN-13: 978-8363678302
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 29,5 x 20,8 x 1,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 90.226 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Sino-Japan Naval War 1894-1895 (Maritime (MMP Books)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Juli 2014
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Although the title says naval War this book is about the whole of the Sino-Japanese war with emphasis on the naval aspects. It starts with a synopsis of the socio-political-military histories of China and Japan for the 30 years prior to the war and then gives the immediate causes for the war and finally discusses the war itself.
The development, organization, personnel, and capabilities of both fleets are given. While the Japanese fleet was well led and aggressive, the Chinese fleet was severely hampered by rivalries between their admirals, by government corruption, and by a reliance on defense as a strategy. Ultimately it was the defeat of the Chinese navy that allowed Japan to transport the troops and supplies that won the war in China.
Despite a few spelling and grammatical errors this is a well written book on an obscure part of naval history. There are maps of the various sea and land battles and numerous period photos of the ships and the battles. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in naval history and look forward to Piotr Olender’s next book
A war, little known in the western world broke out between China (population 400 million) and Japan (45 million). The nominal reason for the war was Japans desire to take over Korea. Most of the fighting took place between the navies of the two countries, with the Japanese fleet being significantly better in terms of ships, training and leadership. The land battles were equally one sided, in one battle the Chinese lost about 1,500 men, while the Japanese losses were maybe 300. At the conclusion of the war, Korea as declared to be independent and Japan took over Taiwan (Formosa).
The book as the title suggests is primarily about the Naval actions. It is profusely illustrated with probably close to 300 photographs (I didn't actually count them) and detailed drawings of several of the ships.
The war is obscure but important in sending Japan on its imperial career. The results turned Taiwan in a Japanese possession, Korea into a Japanese puppet and set up some of the conditions for the war with Russia in Manchuria. The strength of the book is a large number of photos of Chinese and Japanese naval vessels, including one of Chinese naval junks (before the development of a fairly formidable Chinese navy). The photos show naval vessels in transition in propulsion, weapons and construction. One aspect I found fascinating is small ships with one really big gun such as a rather small Chinese gunboat with a single 279 mm gun.
Olender describes how both countries emerged from archaic systems to attempt modernization. His discussion of these is quite good. His description of the actual campaigns and naval battles (there are land battles in Korea, Manchuria and China) can be a bit muddled, although it may be my inability to figure out battle diagrams. The Chinese did poorly but still rather better than I had remembered reading about. Among other things that struck me is fighting around Port Arthur, which the Russians and Japanese would contest a few years later in a much larger war. His analysis includes financing, infrastructure (such as drydocks), crew training. There are also a good many charts with detail about many ships, including variously name, armament, commander, type and so on. Specialists might find this of interest.
This is one of those coffee table top sized books that only naval historians and readers who love naval history will enjoy.