The Living Age Volume 306

The Living Age Volume 306

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...of Bolshevism appear too ridiculous. This did not suit the military authorities at all.' The passing of Siberia into a true state of self-determination was the signal for a grand coup. It was apparent that great forbearance would be necessary in the event of misunderstandings and minor collisions, yet, with no better excuse than-an alleged sniping of pickets (which the Russians deny) the Japanese troops in the whole of the Maritime Province suddenly surrounded and disarmed the whole of the Russian forces, and treated their prisoners with the greatest indignity. At N ikolsk there was not even the excuse of sniping given. There, it was alleged, the Russians were posting pickets, and this was the signal for an attack of the most unprovoked and bloody description. The Russians resisted strongly, but were overcome by superior numbers, armaments, and position. Judging by the fact that in most places the Japanese casualties were only one or two, against the hundreds of the Russians, it would appear that it was a carefully prearranged coup; but in some places, such as Nikolsk and Habarovsk, there were more, and it is probable that, as in the ease of the Great War itself, the militarists who planned the coup got into a panic as military men nearly always do when conspiring against their neighbors' peace, and rushed into the thing prematurely. This view is supported by the frantic hurry with which a combined military and naval force destroyed the great bridge over the Amur--which it will take the best engineering talent in Japan to restore--for no better reason than that they believed that the Russians had an armored train. A few rails torn up are enough to prevent all the armored trains in the world from passing, but this was more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968891
  • 9781236968890