To commemorate Tsushima Day, and to remember the sacrifice of the men of both Fleets, I thought I'd have a quick look through the SteelonSand Postcard collection, and share a few images of the Russo-Japanese War with you all.
Above we see a German card circa 1920, from the Kudka Series, with the title "Bombardment of Port Arthur by the Japanese Squadron" - and a very spirited rendition it is, too, although I can't answer for which ships are being pictured, but I think it captures the spirit of such an action very well.
Next up, a British postcard entitled "Port Arthur - Reception of the Minister of War", that was postally used in October 1905, so I'm not sure if it is from a view taken before the actual RJW had broken out.
Certainly, we can discern the distinctive five funnelled silhouette of the Cruiser Askold, notable for the smaller fore-funnel, and mighty nice she looks here, too, although the artist colourisation of the postcard has added some rather garish yellow gun shields, and what appears to be a pink lifeboat forward!
Next up, a bit of contemporary reportage in the shape of the 'War Series No: 5224' from S. Hildesheimer and Co. - entitled "Japanese attempt to seal up Port Arthur".
This card was postally used in May 1905, and has a great bird's eye viewpoint of the scene, with sunken blockships, the distinctive shape of the 'Tiger's Tail' peninsula, and the Russian Fleet beyond - it would make a good primer for a scale model, and is the kind of thing I always hope to re-create on the table-top - never quite turns out this way, though....
Next an interesting Tuck's Oilette card, which shows in rather moody chiaroscuro, a scene of the Japanese arranging decoy lanterns before Port Arthur:
Quite a crafty strategy to keep the Russian defenders on their toes, but not a job I would want to volunteer for - the arrival of an enemy Torpedo Boat in the midst of setting these up would definitely ruin your evening....
Finally a modern view of the sole Russian survivor of the RJW, namely the Cruiser Aurora docked at St. Petersburg:
Of course her lines have changed somewhat since 1905, but if your ever in those parts, don't miss the chance to see one of the few remaining pre-dreds out there.