The Illustrated History of the Russo-Japanese War by J. N. [John Norton] Westwood soon to be presented for sale on the super BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1973, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Plates; Maps;
From the cover: The Russo-Japanese war was the first great war of the twentieth century. At the time it aroused enormous interest. Not only was it a dramatic David and Goliath confrontation, the Russian colossus versus Jap the Giant Killer , it was also a conflict on a huge scale, fought over extensive areas of land and sea, by large modern armies and navies. It anticipated in many ways the shape of things to come: trench warfare, massive armies inflicting and incurring huge casualties, and the effectiveness of the machine gun. Its most decisive battle, Tsushima called at the time the Trafalgar of the East was, with the exception of Jutland, the biggest battleship confrontation of the century. The name Port Arthur became world famous, first because of the Japanese surprise attack at the wars outset which anticipated Pearl Harbor and secondly because of its gallant defence by the Russians.
The book is lavishly illustrated with remarkable contemporary photographs, providing both the atmosphere and reality of this conflict. The book also includes two long extracts from eyewitness accounts by both a Russian soldier and a sailor, translated by the author.
Very Good in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned and a little tanned and marked on the reverse. Text complete, clean and tight.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 126 pages. 10″ x 7¾”.