Russo – Japanese Naval War 1904-1905 Vol 2 Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||November 2010||Title||Russo – Japanese Naval War 1904-1905 Vol 2|
|Author||Piotr Olender||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||140 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£19.99 ($45.00 USD)|
Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) is a company based in the UK. Their books are printed by Stratus in Sandomeirz Poland in the English language. Stratus also publishes books in the Polish language too. This new book is the second and final book in the series about the Russo-Japanese Naval War of 1904-1905. The book is in soft-cover 8 ¼” x 11 ½” page format and 140 pages in length.
It concludes the study of this war, which was the first major conflict of the 20th Century and the first to involve “modern” warships and weapons. Volume 2 covers the later stages of the war and the very significant battle of Tsushima, where the Russian fleet was comprehensively defeated by the Japanese. This conflict was the first time “modern” Japan flexed it’s military muscles, and provides an important insight into later (and better known) historical events in the Far East.
The book is profusely illustrated with 83 black and white photos of mostly the ships involved. There are also 9 pictures of individuals that were involved. Eleven battle maps are included, 27 data lists, a bibliography and an index at the end of the book.
The only color illustration in the book is the front cover, which is a painting of the Russian battleship Borodino I believe. It would have been nice to have had some color profiles of some of these ships for modellers.
The 2 volumes are a wealth of information about this war. The book will be of great interest to naval enthusiasts and historians as well as ship modellers.