Human Bullets: A Soldier's Story of Port Arthur

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THE OCCUPATION OF TAIPO-SHAN

ON the next day, the 27th, fully determined to drive out the enemy, our entire artillery began firing at early dawn, striving to open a passage for our infantry. Our bombardment was more violent than on the previous day, and the enemy's response was also proportionately fiercer. Why was it that the Russian forts were so strangely impregnable? On the line connecting the heights their trenches were faced with rocks and covered with timber roofs, and they could fire at us through portholes, safely concealed and protected from our bursting shells. They had quick-firing guns and machineguns arranged in different places so that they could fire at us from all points and directions, and these formidable guns were well protected with strong works built of strong material. Added to all this, the side of our hill and the opposite side of their hill formed a rocky valley with almost perpendicular walls, so that we could not climb down or up without superhuman efforts. To attack such a strongly armed enemy in a place of such natural

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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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