The Russians were wrong-footed from the start, fighting in Manchuria at the end of a 5,000 mile single track railway; the Japanese were a week or so from their bases. The Russian command structure was hopelessly confused, their generals old and incompetent, the Tsar cautious and uncertain. The Russian naval defeat at Tsushima was as farcical as it was complete. The Japanese had defeated a big European power, and the lessons for the West were there for all to see, had they cared to do so. From this curious war, so unsafely ignored for the most part by the military minds of the day, Richard Connaughton has woven a fascinating narrative to appeal to readers at all levels.
About the Author
Colonel Richard Connaughton spent two years as Head of the British
Army's Defence Studies, the culmination of a twenty-two year career in
the army, retiring in 1992. He now undertakes studies in the
politico-military field on an international basis for client governments
and the military, and has an intimate knowledge of military and special
forces' involvement in the trouble spots of recent years. He has a
fierce but charming intellect.
Connaughton writes well with a serving officer's unfussy grasp—INDEPENDENT
A remarkably lively and enjoyable account—The Economist
Connaughton...has done an important service by
reconstructing in detail the land campaign...that presaged the horrors
of the First World War to come—US NAVAL WAR COLLEGE REVIEW