Russo – Japanese Naval War 1905 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||April 2010||Title||Russo – Japanese Naval War 1905|
|Author||Piotr Olender||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications/Stratus|
|Format||140 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$45.00|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is based in the UK. Their books are printed by Stratus in Sandomierz, Poland in the English language. A U.S. distributer named Casemate, in Pennsylvania now carries MMP books.
One of the first significant conflicts between major powers in the 20th Century, the war between Russian and Japan in 1905 was a chilling precursor of later wars. At sea, the war was the first confrontation between Dreadnaught style battleships, and the use of torpedoes, mines and even submarines presaged “modern: sea warfare.
This volume covers the background to the conflict and the Battle for Port Arthur, both at sea and on land. It is profusely illustrated with 105 mostly rare black and white photographs, one color illustration on the cover of the Japanese battleship Mikasa, 22 black and white portrait photos of Russian and Japanese officers involved in the conflict, 27 pages of information lists and 22 battle maps.
There are 33 line drawings of Japanese ships in 1/500th scale and 20 also of Japanese ships in 1/350th scale. The book is 152 pages long. Soft cover and in 8 ¼” x 11 ½” (close to stationary size) page format.
This book will be of interest to naval historians, military enthusiasts and ship modelers. I highly recommend it to them. This is the first book I’ve seen that has been published by MMP/Stratus about naval subjects.