Human Bullets: A Soldier's Story of Port Arthur

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THE FORLORN HOPE

WE all fell in under the precipice and were waiting for the order of march, when a piece of paper reached me handed from man to man. I opened it and read: --

" Yasukichi Honda was shot on the 19th, and when I offered him a drink of water he shed tears and asked me to give his compliments to Lieutenant Sakurai.

(Signed) " BUNKICHI TAKEO."

This Honda had been my servant about a year before, and he was a faithful fellow. His last words were a farewell to me who had done so little for him. I was deeply affected by his loyal devotion. Even now I regret I had no chance of giving him a farewell hand-shake, and cannot help thinking how greatly he would have rejoiced if I could have given him one word of good-by while he was yet alive.

I gathered my men around me and said: "I now bid you all farewell. Fight with all your might. This

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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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