Gen. Tsuchiyas' private mess camp


Gen. Tsuchiyas' private mess camp



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For each general and the officers of his staff there was a special mess tent, where the officers took their meals, and over the kitchen attached presided a Japanese cook, a soldier who had talents that way. The foreign correspondents were at times invited to a meal, but only at rare intervals since the officers as a rule had important subjects to discuss at table, to which nobody could be admitted. The food prepared for the officers' table was exceedingly plain, hardly different from that for the private soldiers, and Villers, the famous English war artist, entertained the officers occasionally with stories of the differentmanner in which Skobeleff, the Russian leader in the last Russo-Turkish war had lived in the field. He described Skobeleff as a magnificent type of man, huge, handsome, a soldier to the ground, but fiery, emotional, vivacious, vain, fond of dress, jewels, wine and women, looking on war as a lark, dashing and brilliant.


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “Gen. Tsuchiyas' private mess camp,” Monash Collections Online, accessed July 15, 2024,

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