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THE JAPANESE ADVANCE ON NANSHAM
The Battle of Nansham, 24-26 May 1904, was fought across a two-mile-wide
defence line covering the approaches to Port Arthur. Japanese General Oku
began with a prolonged artillery barrage followed by infantry assaults from
three divisions. One of the nine assaults is described below.
Two interesting facts about the battle are:
1. The Japanese fired 34,000
artillery shells during the battle, more than had been expended during the
entire First Sino-Japanese War.
2. The Japanese fired 2.19 million
rifle and machine gun rounds in one day of fighting, more than the number fired
by the Prussians during the entire Austro-Prussian War.
‘The first infantry attack upon Nasham was delivered by one of the
battalions of the 1st Division. Deploying, it pushed forward by
short rushes over fields of green barley, receiving a terrific fire from the
Russians. Under this it staggered, as officers and men went down, and survivors
were compelled to throw themselves flat on the earth. The pause in the advance
was only for a few minutes. Then the bugles sounded through the dreadful
turmoil; the line of men arose, and recommenced its heroic advance. Once mote
the storm of bullets caught it and it split into two halves. One half reeled backwards
and took shelter in a depression, the other half dashed forwards towards the
Russian entanglements. These checked its progress, and, before the few
survivors could extricate themselves, they were shot down almost to a man by
the Russian rifles, while, as the crowning horror, the gunboat Bobr began
to throw her great 9-in. shells among them, and the Russian naval guns on
Hoshang to fire rapidly upon them. The battalion was practically annihilated,
though the rest of the 1st Division was thrown into the battle
to its support.’
The Japanese finally took the defences, losing a total of 6,198 men.
Source. ‘Japan’s Fight For Freedom’, Vol 2,
H.W. Wilson, Amalgamated Press, 1906