Today, on March 10, 1905 (China/Russia/Japan):
The Empire of Japan, under the command of Field Marshal OOYAMA Iwao (大山巌), defeated the Russian Empire Army under command of General Alexei Nikolayevich Kuropatkin (Алексе́й Никола́евич Куропа́ткин).
This was the final land battle of the Russo-Japanese War—and while each side had many losses, the psychological effect of a Great Power Nation like Russia being defeated by a small nation like Japan. It was greater than the Battle of Leipzig (183) and the largest ever battle in Asia until World War II.
The Japanese and Russian forces were about equal; however, the Japanese appeared to have won the war because the Russian General was overly cautious and issued the retreat first. This defeat also is said to have helped with the development of the Russian Revolution that started in 1905.
Interesting note: OOYAMA selected the poem for the National Anthem still used today, “Kimi ga yo”
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