Russo-Japanese Ground War

This timeline represents the reports from both Tokyo and St. Petersburg found in the Egyptian Gazette during the last year of the Russo-Japanese War. These are reports regarding the ground battles that took place from January to the end of August, just several days before a peace treaty was signed. These reports not only contain offensive victories, but also successful defensive stands.

1905-01-01 00:00:00

Sung Shu Shou and Palaung-Shan

The Japanese have taken by assault the Forts of Sung shu shou and Palaung-shan and the heights to the south of Huasantigyantao. (Havas.)

1905-01-02 00:00:00

Wantai Fort

General Nogi reports that he has received a letter from General Stoessel relating to tho surrender of the fortress. Tho Japanese stormed and captured Wantai Fort yesterday.

1905-01-07 00:00:00

Port Arthur

The Emperor in a rescript thanks General Nogi, the Third Army and Admiral Togo and his fleet for the capture of Port Arthur. (R.)

1905-01-13 00:00:00

Niu-chwang, Tang-masa, and Niuchiatung

A report dated the 12th inst. states that on Wednesday morning the Japanese cavalry en­countered four Russian squadrons at Tang-masa, south west of Liao-yang. The Russians were repulsed with heavy loss after four hours' fighting. Two thousand Russian cavalry attacked Niu-chwang the same afternoon. The Japanese retired but, being subsequently reinforced, drove off the enemy, whom they were still pur­suing when the report was despatched. Eight Russian squadrons and an Infantry regiment, with 12 guns, surrounded the com­missariat station at Niuchiatung, north of Yinkow, on the 12th inst They were repulsed, losing at least 80. Steps were being taken to intercept the raiders' retreat.

1905-01-28 00:00:00


General Knropatkin cables that the Japanese counter-attack was repulsed. At 7 p.m. on the 25th inst., after a desperate fight, the Russians entered the large, and strongly entrenched, village of Sandepu. During the day, 100 Japanese prisoners were captured. The offensive was resumed on 26th inst., the enemy’s entrenchments at Sha-Ho-Pu being occupied. Attempts to dislodge the Russians were repulsed At 4 p.m. the Japanese were re-attacking the positions at Sandepu. (R.)

1905-01-29 00:00:00


St. Petersburg, January 29. General Sakbaroff wires yesterday that the Russians continued their attack on Sandepu with tho object of demolishing the principal Japanese redoubt. Their cavalry put to flight several columns of Japanese from Heikoutai, and captured 50 prisoners. It is stated here that the Russians had 1,000 casualties during the assault on Sandepu.

1905-01-29 01:00:00


General. Sakharoff telegraphs that, after occupying on the 26th the greater part of Sandepu, the Russians encountered a strong redoubt with a triple row of artificial obstacles. Seeing the impossibity of carrying the redoubt without a previous bombardment, the Russians evacuated Sandepu, where it was impossible to remain without risking a defeat. They violently bombarded Sandepu and the redoubt during the 27th and 28th. (Reuter.)

1905-02-03 00:00:00


General Kuropatkin reports that the Japanese on the 1st inst, after a hot bombardment, attacked Djantankenam, on the left bank of the Hun-Hor and drove out the Russians. The litter, having been reinforced, recaptured the village. It is stated here that General Gripenberg, who comm the troops at Hei-kou-tai, has relinquished his command on the ground of ill health. General Oyloff succeeds him. (R.)

1905-02-03 00:00:00

Hei-kou-tai (Sandepu)

The battle of Hei-kou-tai was more extensive and desperate was originally indicated. The result of the battle hung in the balance. After four days of fighting, the Japanese were in a critical position and outnumbered. Oyama finally ordered night attacks by all the columns on the 28th ult, which the Russians were unable to withstand. The latter began to retreat, whereupon the Japanese charged and occupied Hei-kou-tai on the morning of the 29th. ult (Reuter.)

1905-02-04 00:00:00


Oyama reports sharp outpost fighting in the neighbourhood of Liutiakeou on the left flank, where the Russians attacked repeatedly. The enemy was repulsed with a loss of 700. (R.)

1905-02-10 00:00:00

"Left Flank" Manchuria

General Kuropatkin repulsed an attack on his left flank on the 9th inst.

1905-04-14 00:00:00


Oyama reports that 2,000 Russian cavalry and infantry were encountered and defeated on the 12th inst. 30 miles to the east of Mukden. The enemy retreated northeast towards Hailungcheng, fighting every step. The Russians are gradually retiring along Kirin road. The positions are otherwise unchanged. (Reuter.)

1905-04-17 00:00:00


Linievitch reports that the Russian left, on tho 11th inst. attacked the village of Pon-houl, 5 miles to the east of Meian. They enveloped tho flanks of the Japanese, who retired to Meian, from which they had advanced to a post on the Kirin road. (Reuter.)

1905-04-20 00:00:00


The Japanese have occupied Tung-Hua, which is situated 50 miles to the east of Shing-Kiug. The Russians retreated north. (Reuter.)

1905-04-26 00:00:00


In some fighting which took place on the 26th inst near Kai-Yuen, the Japanese lost 86 men and the Russians abandoned 200 dead. (Havas.) Five thousand Russians with one battery attacked the Japanese in the neighhourhood of Kaiyuan but were repulsed leaving 200 dead. Meanwhile two other columns attacked Chang-te and Liatatzu but retreated when their comrades at Kaiyuan were defeated. (Reuter.)

1905-05-02 00:00:00

Kouyatai and Papaotun

The Japanese advanced North from Tunghua, dispersed the enemy’s cavalry, and occupied Kouyatai, situated 20 miles to the north of Tanghua. They advanced on the 1st inst. towards Fen-chua from Fakuman and dispersed the enemy in the vicinities of Erhsisotun and Tashiaotun, 30 miles to the north-east of Fakuman. On the evening of the inst. the Japanese occupied Papaotun.

1905-05-12 00:00:00

"Right Flank"

General Linievitch telegraphs on the 11th inst. that the enemy resumed a decisive offensive against our right flank, but on the 7th inst. was repulsed (Reuter.)

1905-05-20 00:00:00

Kant Ping

On the 18th inst. the Japanese repulsed 3 Russian columns simultaneously advancing southward in the vicinity of the railway. The Russian cavalry also attacked Kant Ping to the right of the Liao but were repulsed with heavy loss. (Reuter.)

1905-05-22 00:00:00

Tang-She and Chang-Tu-Fu

A Russian force attacked Tang-She to the right of the Liao Ho, 13 miles south west of Pakumen, on the 20th inst. After two hours engagement the Russians retired. Their causalities were 300 killed and wounded. A Russian attack to the east of Chang-Tu-Fu was also repulsed (Reuter.)

1905-05-27 00:00:00


General Linievitch reports a successful cavalry raid under General Mitchenko on the Japanese communications. The telegraphs were cut and a provision convoy extending seven versts was dispersed. A strong Japanese force entrenched on the heights to the south of Fakuman was attacked, two Japanese companies being annihilated and one captured. There are altogether 234 prisoners, and 2 machine guns were taken. (Reuter.)

1905-06-18 00:00:00


On the 16th inst. the Japanese drove the Russians from Liaoyang-wopin, which they occupied. The Russian cavalry retired northwards in disorder, severely punished by Japanese artillery. The Russian losses are heavy ; the Japanese lost 165 killed and wounded. (Reuter.)

1905-06-19 00:00:00


St. Petersburg, June 19. General Linievitch reports that the Japanese force which occupied Liaoyang-Woping consisted of a division of infantry, 30 squadrons of cavalry, and 4 batteries of artillery. The attack began at 2 and ended at 8 a.m., when the Russians were outflanked. He makes no reference to losses, but adds that reports from Korea show that the Japanese have advanced from Kongchan to Munsan. (Reuter)

1905-06-22 00:00:00


A Japanese detachment in the north of Korea completely occupied Kangsong last Tuesday. Some thousands of Russians, with artillery, retired towards Siou-song, 12 miles northward. (Reuter.)

1905-07-27 00:00:00


The Japanese have seized Alexandrovsk (Saghalien). There are no losses.(Later). The Russians at Alexandrovsk consisted of a newly arrived battalion and several hundred volunteers, with 8 guns. The Japanese landed in the vicinity and attacked the place on the 24th. 200 prisoners were taken. The redoubts to the east of the town stubbornly resisted but were re-attacked and then captured on the 25th instant. (Reuter.)

1905-07-30 00:00:00


The Japanese are steadily overrunning Saghalien and dislodging the Russians from the successive positions taken up by them. They drove out the enemy on the 28th inst. with considerable loss from the vicinity of Rykoff, and captured the town after some sharp but confused street fighting. Subsequently they encountered 800 Russians to the south of that town, killed 200 men and captured 500. (Reuter.)

1905-08-31 00:00:00

Hysing Osing

Marshal Oyama reports extensive fighting on the 27th instant to the north-east of Hysing Osing and other places, resulting in the repulse of the Russian attacks, and the capture of their positions. (Reuter).

Russo-Japanese Ground War

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