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This recently caught my interest.

I've done a lot of research on the 1874 Japanese Expedition to Formosa, and these two conflicts have a some similarities; a largely forgotten Japanese military engagement with significant casualties where Japanese and United States troops fought or worked alongside each other.

Was Samachan aware of this forgotten episode of Japanese history? What are Samachan's thoughts? Are there any good manga or movies based off of it? Any good reading recommendations in English?


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One book I found for it is the aptly titled "Japan's Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922" by Paul E. Dunscomb.

Sadly it's over $40 and I can't find the full thing for free online, but I spent about 20 minutes compiling an image of all the free preview pages available on Amazon as I prefer having it on-hand to read rather than having to go there every time.



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Also last June when I was on a cross country roadtrip I stopped by the National WWI Museum in Kansas City and they had a Japanese photo album of the intervention on exhibit.
I found that really neat and hope Samachan does, too!


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Another image from the museum depicting the intervention.

Even though the Japanese contributed the most manpower to the intervention, the Japanese soldier is farthest off to right just because he's the shortest there.


I'm a dummy who can't into history, what is the abridged version of what happened?
These winter uniforms are pretty cool


Go to a library lol


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WWI and Japan are part of the Allies.
Germany sends Russian bolsheviks/Communists to Russia to agitate rebellion and basically take an ally out of the game.
The other Allies intervene in Russia to aid the White Russians (anti-bolsheviks) against the bolsheviks.
Japan, having Imperial interests in the territory and having beaten Russia in a war 13 years prior, sends 70,000 troops to Siberia, far more than any other Allied country.
After four years of fighting the bolsheviks the White Russians lose the civil war and Japan loses 5,000 men with absolutely nothing to show for it, causing outcry in Japan and anti-Western sentiment and in part leading to the isolationist military stance in the 1930s that would in turn lead to WWII.


Didn't you post about this in another thread like six months ago, or was that another anon?
The pre-Shouwa history of Japan within the Victorian-Edwardian milieu is some really interesting stuff. Some of the social history reads almost like fantasy, the culture and mindset was so different back then. It's a shame so much of the Japanese literature on the subject goes untranslated.


Also, >>27263 is a good idea, OP. If you don't live in a big city with a super-robust public library, look for a university library. A lot of them offer library cards to the public for cheap or sometimes even for free.


I've made threads about the 1874 Expedition to Formosa and February 26th incident, but am pretty sure I've never made a thread about the Siberian Expedition as my interest in it is recent as far as I'm aware.

You might be mistaking the February 26th incident thread ( >>24133 ) for this as that took place when it was snowing out so the Japanese soldiers had winter uniforms on, and it also affected the politics of the era.


Where does Golden Kamuy fit in all this? I don't really know much but from what I read here and looking at the dates it would be Formosa, GK, Incident and Siberia in that order?


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Apologies, I've only read the first 20 or so chapters of GK a couple years ago and then I forgot what chapter I had left off on and so never got around to continuing it.
I was going to watch the anime but when I saw the dumb CGI bear I thought it'd be QUALITY and didn't end up watching it.

That said I do remember it at least started during the Russo-Japanese war, which would've been 1904-1905.
So you're mostly right, only it'd be,
Formosa > GK > Siberia > February 26th
The February 26th Incident took place in 1936, whereas the Siberian Intervention was 1918-1922.

If you want a great film about the Russo-Japanese war I'd recommend Battle of the Japan Sea ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064733/ ). I own it on DVD and am really glad I do.
It pretty accurately covers the entire war, including obscurer bits like how Japanese spies initially aided the bolsheviks in Russia to weaken the Russian government; ironic since they'd end up fighting these same bolsheviks in Siberia 13 years later.
In particular it did a really good job portraying General Nogi, who truly was a tragic figure.

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