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In 1905 Japan and Russia were at war. With the Russian Far East Fleet destroyed, the Czar decided to send his Baltic Fleet half way around the world to exact revenge. This mammoth journey took many months and was, in itself, an amazing feat of seamanship. But, at the end of this epic adventure, the Russians were totally overwhelmed and the vast majority of the fleet went to the bottom. There was no alternative for the Czar but to sue for an ignominious peace.
The story of the journey and the final battle remain fascinating, the people involved acting and deporting themselves like characters from a novel. Russian Admiral Rozhestvensky was a gunnery expert but someone who had never held active command in a major sea battle. Japanese Admiral Togo had trained in Britain, enlisting as a cadet on the Training Ship Worcester, even though he was far too old and was forced to lie about his age. Inept generalship on the part of the Russians, combined with brilliant seamanship from the Japanese Admiral Togo, saw the complete destruction of the Russian fleet.
The naval battle of Tsushima is one of the forgotten actions of the twentieth century, but it has a significance that is immense in world history.
Carradice has produced a narrative rich in detail about the Russian experience of the battle, seafaring in early ironclads and the experience of sailors and their commanders on deployment half way around the world, and there is much to enjoy in it.The Naval Review - Summer 2021
A ‘good read’.World Ship Society - Marine News, December 2020
The Battle of Tsushima may be forgotten now, but it had a dramatic impact at the time and set the pattern of warfare through the Twentieth Century and set the politics of the period. The Russian Navy was considered formidable and the Japanese Navy unheard of, and yet the Japanese Fleet Commander inflicted one of the most complete defeats of an enemy fleet in history. – Very Highly RecommendedFiretrench
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I found this book very professionally written and exceptionally interesting to read. It does cover a battle that receives little attention on the UK, but it was incredibly important Battle for the Pacific region and the Russian Empire. The author has conducted first rate research and has produced an excellent book. He must be commended for his efforts and anyone interested in important naval battles should read this book.Dr Stuart C Blank
Review by Ian YeatesThe Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord has published Vol. XXX, No. 2, the Summer 2020
Any reader who wishes a high level, quick and engaging account of the Battle of Tsushima and the picaresque adventures of the Russian fleet leading up to that fateful day in May 1905, will be satisfied with Carridice’s account.
As featured byInside Flintshire, September 2020
The Battle of Tsushima is an absorbing read.Beating Tsundoku
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This is an utterly compelling story, well told by Carradice. We really sympathise with the Russian sailors, trapped on their ironclad warships for months as they battled against the elements, a largely hostile world, and even each other. The result is an excellent book that reminds us of the human cost of these massive naval battles.History of War
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The book, impeccably written by Carradice is really a page turner. It is not heavy or too technical.On The Old Barbed Wire
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The author has skilfully combined historical fact with just enough credible assumption of potential conversations and actions of key actors ranging from commanders to humble sailors, to deliver a very readable account of the incredible journey to and final battle at Tsushima. The narrative rips along with page turning momentum to tell the story. Of course we may well know the outcome but the devices used by the author in no way diminish the history and its telling impact on Russia and indeed the course of history in the Pacific.Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide
This book describes in considerable detail the people, events ships and aircraft that shaped the Air Service from its origins in the late 19th century to its demise in 1945. The formative years began when a British Naval Mission was established in Japan in 1867 to advise on the development of balloons for naval purposes. After the first successful flights of fixed-wing aircraft in the USA and Europe, the Japanese navy sent several officers to train in Europe as pilots and imported a steady stream of new models to evaluate. During World War One Japan became allied with the UK and played a significant…By Peter Edwards
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