Episode 165 – The Maelstrom, Part 3

This week — negotiations between the two sides begin in St. Petersburg, but neither Japan nor Russia is really committed to peacefully working things out. In Imperial Japanese Army HQ, the first steps towards an actual plan for war are formulated: but how to neutralize the many advantages Russia holds?

Listen to the episode here.


Drea, Edward. Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945.

Drea, Edward. In the Service of the Emperor: Essays on the Imperial Japanese Army.

Jansen, Marius. The Making of Modern Japan.



A map of the region showing the location of Port Arthur. Port Arthur (Dalian) was a tremendously important objective for the Japanese, as taking it would make ferrying troops into Manchuria far easier.
Port Arthur circa 1903. The Russians, not being idiots, were clever enough to figure out that the port would be a target for the Japanese — they invested heavily in both land and sea defenses.
Oyama Iwao, the Army General Staff Chief responsible for planning for a war on Russia.
Ito Sukeyuki, who was the naval general staff chief and responsible for handling the navy’s half of the planning.

1 thought on “Episode 165 – The Maelstrom, Part 3”

  1. Hi! Thanks for the Podcast! I’d like to know if you plan on remaking the first episodes?
    Those with quick explanation of the History of Japan.


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