Some more puzzles related to
The Russian-Japanese War 1904-1905

The enthusiasm in the Western Europe and North America for following the progress of the Russian-Japanese War resulted in a wide range of puzzles being produced.

To quote from the Russ-Japanese War Research Society:-

The Russo-Japanese war was the biggest, most spectacular war the world had ever witnessed. The land battles, in terms of numbers engaged, dwarfed Gettysburg, Borodino and Waterloo. Siege and trench warfare in the muddy Manchurian terrain featured massive artillery barrages, dugouts, extensive undermining and excavation networks and massed "human wave" attacks against heavily defended positions. Breech-loading rifles, machine guns and quick-firing artillery pieces meant heavy losses to both combatants. Logistics factors and lines of communication were often critically threatened and difficult or impossible to maintain. Forced marches and large scale unit maneuvers over difficult terrain and great distances, often carried out in the severe Manchurian winter, were characteristic of the land actions. At sea, armored battleships of the pre-dreadnought era equipped with twelve inch guns and the most modern optical sighting systems met for the first time in battle on relatively equal terms. The tactics of battleship, destroyer and torpedo boat warfare were defined and perfected in an extensive and complex naval warfare scenario acted out under difficult and challenging navigational situations featuring inadequate navigational aids, swift and dangerous currents and rock strewn coasts and shoal waters, all against the background of the characteristic fogs, rain, high winds and rapidly changing weather conditions of those latitudes, thirty-five years before the development of radar and six years before the first afloat test of the marine gyro compass.

The extensive, lengthy, and costly blockade of Port Arthur by the Japanese and the great battles of the Yellow Sea and Tsushima Straits were landmark engagements in the history of naval warfare, set against a complex backdrop of a naval campaign which featured hundreds of minor engagements, operations, and incidents, and saw the most sophisticated and effective use of the torpedo and contact mine up to that time.


This puzzle originally marketed as the "Switchback Puzzle" in 1903, was quickly renamed
" Chifu-Chemulpo" after the railway needed to ship materiel around on the Korean Peninsular.

Amazing Graphics on another dexterity puzzle.



Last month we also showed puzzles related to the Russian Japanese War.

Next month we will have more puzzles showing what was transported.