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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Mushroom Model Publications (26 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8389450488
  • ISBN-13: 978-8389450487
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piotr Olender is a distinguished Polish naval historian, and an authority on this period.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on 16 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the first volume (No 3101) in the new Maritime Series published by Mushroom Model Publications. It is a square bound card cover in the larger A4 (8-1/2" x 11-3/4") size with 152 pages. Color is restricted to the well done cover painting.

My knowledge of the Russo-Japanese War was fairly superficial before reading this book, most of it dealing with the Battle of Tsushima (which will no doubt be covered in Volume 2). This book is subtitled "Port Arthur" and the bulk of the book does deal with the Japanese efforts to neutralize the port.

The book is virtually a blow by blow account of the naval war. Particularly welcome are the large number of well done maps without which descriptions tend to very quickly become incomprehensible. Besides maps there are numerous photographs, tables, and ship line drawings (profiles only). The photographs are not of the best quality but are no doubt the best available; the poor quality is probably due to the conditions of the originals.

Although the book focuses on the naval actions and maneuvers the war on land is not neglected. Indeed, the larger political and economic context of the war is very adequately dealt with.

Translation is of a high standard; only occasionally does a passage not read quite right.

Complaints are of a minor nature. The books title is slightly misleading. Virtually all the action takes place in 1904, not 1905 as the title might lead one to believe. There were a few places mentioned that could not be located on the maps like White Wolf Bay and Louise Bay. I was disappointed that the line drawings consisted of profiles only; I find plan views to be equally informative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By buddingpasha on 3 Oct 2010
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I entirely agree with the earlier reviewer. This book is an absolute gem and for what it contains excellent value. The Russo-Japanese war of 1904/5 is poorly covered in most English language histories yet is and was at the time fascinating as it was the test bed for so many technological, tactical and strategic naval theories none of which had been actually tested in real naval combat.

This book is

a) Very readable, the text, illustrations etc are well laid out, concise and easy on the eyes.
b) Covers material that I have not seen before or at least found difficult to draw from the web.
c) Has good tables, diagrams and appendices that support the text really well
d) The photographs and line drawings are good. Admittedly this is not a copy of Jane's or Conways but I suspect are enough for me as a naval wargamer and at a fraction of the cost
e) Excellent value

I too would have liked a bit of colour especially as I wanted to get some colour details for the warships but again this would have been a bonus and was not an expectation.

I am relatively new to this subject especially from my perspective as a newish naval wargamer. Usually the pattern is that I buy the models, a rule set and then a reference which is most of the time an Osprey publication of some sort to get some background history and some painting details.

I think I got a lot more than I expected from this text. I eagerly await volume 2.

I wish this publisher well. This is an excellent start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Bob on 6 Jan 2014
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These two books were eagerly awaited but I must admit to being disappointed with them. The text is a blow by blow account of the naval war, which is fine,but seems to lack any strategic overview or an attempt to place the war in the context of the expansion of the combatants respective empires or the immense technical developments of the previous twenty years, or indeed any analysis of the wars' impact on ship design in the run up to the Great war.

A good third of the book is taken up by line drawings of the participating warships, which are interesting up to a point but would it not have been better to devote space to some excellent quality colour paintings of the principle participants?

Which leads me to my last moan- the quality of the photographs. There are a large number of excellent photographs from the period available on line- these are reproduced as tiny dark images which really don't do the pictures justice. Annotation is very brief with no attempt to draw the readers eye to any design features or context.

Robert Forczyks smaller book on battleships of the Russo-Japanese war is a far better buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erwinl on 12 Jun 2012
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The Russo Japanese war of 1904-1905 is one of those almost forgotten wars. This book (and vol 2) tells the story of this war. How it came to be and how it was fought. Even though it concentrates on the naval aspect of the war, the land warfare isn't forgotten.

The books vol 1 and vol 2 are full of photographs and maps of the various actions. At the end of the books the major ships of the two warring countries are represented in detailed line drawings.

I only got one critical note. The books could use some attention of an editor. In some places the sentences contain some errors. Also sometimes the text doesn't agree with the corresponding map.

That said. They are excellent books and a must for anybody who is interested in this war.
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