Human Bullets: A Soldier's Story of Port Arthur

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THE STORMING OF TAKU-SHAN

UPON the seacoast east of the great fortress there is a rugged mountain towering high with almost perpendicular sides, its beetling rocks and crags spotted here and there with dwarf trees. The whole looks, from a distance, like an old tiger squatting on a hill. This is Taku-shan, or the Great Orphan. Hsiaoku-shan, or the Little Orphan, lies to the south, and on the opposite side, at the foot of Laoltüszu. Taku-shan is a solitary peak 188 metres in height; its southwestern side looks down into the fortress of Port Arthur, and its northwestern side overlooked the inside of the line of investment formed by our left and central columns. Our works of investment, the movements of every division, and the position of our artillery were plainly visible from there. The side facing our army was particularly steep and precipitous, almost impossible to climb. It was as bad as Kenzan and Taipo-shan. While these two hills allowed the enemy to look into our position, they could not help becoming the mark and target for our fire. The commanding general of

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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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