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17 Feb 1895 Fall of Weihaiwei

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  • [China] Victory in the battle of Weihaiwei

    Victory in the battle of Weihaiwei
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    Shelfmark: 16126.d.4(26)
    Title: [China] Victory in the battle of Weihaiwei
    Even after the capture of the town of Weihaiwei following land and naval assaults, the Chinese Beiyang Fleet continued to launch fierce counterattacks but eventually surrendered on the 17 February 1895. With the fall of Weihaiweiand the loss of its base, the Beiyang Fleet lost its effectiveness as a fighting force. This print shows the fierce fighting on land and sea around Weihaiwei.
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    [Shelfmark: 16126.d.4(26)]
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Reference Code: C06061919800 Title: Rikusan no. 214. 7 February. "Our army has captured Weihaiwei and the batteries on the south coast without resistance" etc. Lieutenant Colonel Tōjō
Telegram dated 7 February 1895 sent by Lieutenant Colonel Tōjō Hidenori, attached to the 2nd Army charged with the land assault on Weihaiwei, to Lieutenant Colonel Kawakami Sōroku at Imperial General Headquarters. It reports the progress of the land and naval attacks on Weihaiwei which had begun on the 30 January and describes the fierce fighting which had begun on that day.
Reference Code: C06061769200 Title: Naval News no. 57. Combined Fleet field report no. 24
Report dated 17 February 1895 sent to Imperial General Headquarters by Vice Admiral Itō Sukeyuki, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet. It gives a detailed account of the movements of the Combined Fleet from when it dropped anchor in Rongcheng Bay on 24 January until the surrender of the Qing forces in Weihaiwei on 17 February.
Reference Code: C06061898800 Title: Rikusan no. 208. 8 February. "Telegram seized in Weihaiwei from Li Hongzhang to offical in Shandong Province". Ōyama Iwao, Commander-in-Chief, 2nd Army.
Telegram dated 6 February 1895 sent by Ōyama Iwao, Commander-in-Chief of the 2nd Army charged with the attack on Weihaiwei, to the Chief of Staff in Japan. It reports the sezure in Weihaiwei of a telegram (probably dated 24 January) sent by Li Hongzhang, Minister of Beiyang Commerce and Viceroy of Zhili, to an official in Shandong Province, the province in which Weihaiwei was located. It provided information about the movements of the Qing army dispatched to attack the Japanese forces landing on the Shandong Peninsula.