Stereoscope card, No. 192, "A Japanese Trench Guard at Mess." From a series about the Russo-Japanese War, fought between Russia and Japan over land and ports in China and on the Korean Peninsula from 1904 to 1905. Two images of three Japanese soldiers eating lunch in the trenches. On a green background. With descriptive paragraph about the image printed on the back. Published by T.W. Ingersoll, 1905.
This slide is part of a collection of 45 stereoscope cards at The Curio of Norfolk on Japanese efforts in the Russo-Japanese War. Please contact us to see or purchase more of these cards!
In good condition. Some wear on corners. Clean, and image is very bright and not faded.
Measures 3 1/2 H x 7 W x 1/16 D, and weighs 0.5 oz.
Caption written with an interesting (and Western) take on Japan's part in the war:
"After the Japanese had learned that Port Arthur could not be taken by a furious assault that lasted seven days and cost them 25,000 precious lives, they settled down to do in six months or a year, what they had come to do. They began a vast system of sapping, digging trenches, parallel to the Russian lines or fortifications, and one always a little closer to the enemy than the one before and connected by a zigzag trenches, so well planned and executed, that even the turning angles could not be discovered by the Russians. Living in these trenches, just wide enough for four men to walk abreast, was a terrible task. The men were not allowed to leave the trenches for any purpose. Here they had to watch and wait, eat, sleep and drink. The filth was sickening, the cold intense, and a bursting Russian shell might at any moment main or kill them, while it was certain death to show a head above the protecting wall of the trench, only fifty or a hundred yards from the muzzle of a Russian sharpshooter's gun."