In February 1904, Port Arthur was a heavily fortified and strategically important treaty port in Manchuria under Russian occupation. War was imminent with Japan, following the breaking of diplomatic relations yet the immediacy of the threat was not recognised. On the evening of the 8th February, 1904, ten Japanese destroyers secretly silently approached the outer harbour. Under cover of darkness the ships churned in at full speed, discharged their torpedoes in quick succession at the unprepared Russian ships, and then fled out to sea.
So started the Russo/Japanese war with the Russian Pacific Fleet in tatters, leaving the battle for the fortress largely to the armies. The struggle lasted nearly a year and claimed tens of thousands of lives before Port Arthur finally fell to the Japanese during the first few days of 1905.
“The Siege at Port Arthur” relates the struggle for the fortress through three dimensional photographs (from the Ron Blum Collection) of the actual events as they happened- The reader can bring the action to life using the stereoscopic viewer included with the book.
This profusely illustrated book printed in 1987, is a hardback of 112 pages, is considered to be rare. The book includes a three dimensional viewer located inside the back cover.
NOTE. This book was thought to be sold out about 25 years ago but the author has recently discovered a box of them ‘brand new! Perfect for those interested in 3-D, military or a good read.