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Tonight in History: The Battle for Port Arthur Begins

Posted by Gilbert Stack on February 8, 2018 at 6:30 PM

On this night (February 8) in 1904, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Russian forces at Port Arthur, China. The attacking force consisted of 10 destroyers, two of which collided with each other on the way to Port Arthur and fell behind the rest of the fleet. The remaining ships spread out and only four attacked in unison. Of the 16 torpedoes Japan launched, only three hit in the opening minutes of the war, but two removed two of Russia’s most advanced battleships from the fight. The battle would continue into the next day…

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