Heroic Japan; A History of the War Between China & Japan

Heroic Japan; A History of the War Between China & Japan

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...Advancing cautiously, the Battalion soon surrounded and as easily captured Tapaling, taking a number of prisoners. On asking one of them who had come from Kaiping as to the condition of that bourg, the prisoner stated that it had been evacuated by the Chinese garrison. Some of the soldiers were now sent to the top of the nearest hill overlooking Kaiping in order to test the truth of this statement; and they confirmed it fully. So the Battalion at once set out in the direction of the town, entering it at 1.30 p. m. of the same day, overjoyed to find this important place in the possession of their comrades. The Mozu Battalion had thus little or no fighting to do. The battle of Kaiping is instructive particularly as it gives an insight into the methods of warfare still esteemed by the Chinese. Their method of rendering the river wellnigh impassable was really excellent; but in these days of long range guns and easily manoeuvred regiments, the experiment did not meet with the hoped-for success. The Chinese certainly had everything in their favour at Kaiping; and yet it fell, as did every castle-town the invading armies sought to take. lI.--l$RA'E MEN AND BRAVE DEEDS. 1.--THE FIRST ON THE TOP OF MT. FUNGHWANG. To the east of Kaiping-ching lies a small though steep hill known as Funghwang-shan, or " Mt. Phoenix." The Chinese posted on the summit of this little mountain directed their fire against the attacking forces, and inflicted many injuries on them. This did not, however, deter the Japanese from pressing steadily onwards; and this despite the additional drawback of hard-frozen snow and icy roads, where one slipped back one foot for every two feet of advance. Marching on in unbroken regularity, the Jap anese finally began...show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 331g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123693637X
  • 9781236936370