Human Bullets: A Soldier's Story of Port Arthur

By Tadayoshi Sakurai | Go to book overview

THE BATTLE OF TAIPO-SHAN

AFTER we repulsed the enemy at Kenzan in their desperate attempts at retaking the hill, our position increased daily in strength. On the one hand, every preparation was being made for an aggressive movement. Twelve guns captured at Nanshan were arranged on the heights near Lwanni-chiao, and six heavy naval guns were placed on the height to the west of Chuchin-antsu. On the other hand, powerful scouting parties were being frequently dispatched to ascertain the arrangement of the advance posts of the enemy. At this time, the enemy's main position was on the steep hills between Eijoshi in the north with Shwangtai-kou and Antsu-ling in the middle, and Taipo-shan and Laotso-shan in the south. They had fortified these naturally strong places with everything that money and time could afford, fully determined not to allow us Japanese to advance even one step south of this line. So it was extremely difficult to take this position by storm. But we had been drawing our bow for a month, and were now quite ready and anxious

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction to the Bison Books Edition v
  • Contents xv
  • Editor's Preface xvii
  • Introduction xix
  • Author's Preface xxiii
  • Mobilization 3
  • Our Departure 14
  • The Voyage 22
  • A Dangerous Landing 27
  • The Value of Port Arthur 37
  • The Battle of Nanshan 42
  • Nanshan After the Battle 52
  • Digging and Scouting 63
  • The First Captives 70
  • Our First Battle at Waitu- Shan 77
  • The Occupation of Kenzan 84
  • Counter-Attacks on Kenzan 89
  • On the Defensive 100
  • Life in Camp 110
  • Some Brave Men and Their Memorial 118
  • The Battle of Taipo-Shan 126
  • The Occupation of Taipo-Shan 137
  • The Field After the Battle 147
  • The First Aid Station 158
  • Following Up the Victory 166
  • The Storming of Taku-Shan 174
  • Sun Flag on Taku-Shan 184
  • Promotion and Farewells 194
  • The Beginning of the General Assault 204
  • A Rain of Human Bullets 214
  • The Forlorn Hope 227
  • Life Out of Death 239
  • Appendices 257
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