The Effect of the Russo-Japanese War on British Naval Policy

By P. A. Towle, published November 1974


The Russo-Japanese war began in 1904 and two RN liaison officers sailed with the Japanese fleet providing information which influenced Fisher’s modernisation policy. The attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur, the mining of the ‘Petroplavosk’ and the destruction of Admiral Rodjestvenski’s fleet in the Tushima Strait informed the debate between Fisher and his opponents. This debate encompassed the abolition of defensive mine-fields, the removal of the secondary battery, the inadvisability of starting an arms race, the scrapping of obsolete cruisers and gunboats (to man the new dreadnoughts), and, most importantly, whether superior speed provided a tactical advantage.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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