NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
30th August, 1904 : The Japanese army today captured Liao-Yang, 250 miles north-east of Port Arthur. It is the last important town on the Trans-Siberian railway before the Korea-Manchuria border. In heavy fighting both sides made lavish use of artillery and a Russian war correspondent describes “greedy shrapnel” waylaying terrified troops. At Port Arthur, the other critical sector of the front, most of the outlying forts are now in Japanese hands. The Russians have little chance of holding out and their last chance is to attempt a desperate last sortie. In the harbour lies the wreckage of three Russian battleships. At sea, Admiral Togo’s fleet destroyed the Russian squadron attempting to relieve Port Arthur.