A CLASH OF EMPIRES : THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS AT TSINGTAO, 1914.

Dixon, John.


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Bridge Books, Wrexham, 1st ed., 2008. 326 pp., numerous photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. FINE. This is the story of the Tsingtao campaign of 1914, an almost forgotten piece of British military history. For the British, it is essentially the story of the involvement of the South Wales Borderers which was the only regiment to serve alongside the Japanese during the Great War. The broader story concerns the reasons behind the involvement of the Japanese as Britain's allies and examines the part played by the British in China in the years leading up to the war, including a short account of the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion. The reasons behind the 1914 campaign against the Germans at Tsingtao are examined in detail and the events that brought about acceptance of the Japanese as an ally. The siege of Tsingtao draws on first-hand accounts and the official records of the belligerents. It is a story that encompasses the naval actions and the politics in the Far East in 1914.


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