The Fleet That Had to Die Author:Richard Hough In the summer of 1904, Russia and Japan were at war. To strengthen their Pacific Fleet, and to raise the siege on their naval base at Port Arthur, on the mainland of Manchuria, the Russians launched a naval attack which has no equal in history for daring and foolhardiness... — *Obsolete ships were sent on a voyage of 18,000 miles — *Sailors mutin... more »ied, and officers openly predicted defeat
*Off the coast of England, the battleships blasted away
at fishing trawlers--to beat off a "suprise attack"
*The adminiral did not trust his own navy--for weeks he
refused to radio his location or his future plans
At the end of one of the most heroic voyages in the history of the sea, the Russian and Japanese battleships met at Tsu Shima. Before dark, Russia had suffered a crushing defeat. Of her 42 warships, four were left to fight--all that remained of the fleet that had to die.« less