june memories / 25


25th June, 1904 : Japanese forces in Korea have inflicted a major defeat on Russians at Telissu, completely routing two divisions under General Stackelberg. His relief column was engaged by the Japanese as it marched south in a forlorn attempt to break the siege at Port Arthur. Reports from the front indicate that 2,000 Russian soldiers were killed and that their total losses, including prisoners, amount to more than 10,000; Japanese lost only 1,000. It was the fiercest battle of the war, fought in a huge thunderstorm, along the vital Port Arthur-Mukden railway. The attempt to relieve Port Arthur totally failed and the shattered Russian force is now threatened by three Japanese armies.

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