Japanese troops in the front parallel


Japanese troops in the front parallel



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This trench was less than one hundred feet from the sheer granite walls of Keekwan (Cock's Comb) fort. The picture was taken at the moment when the soldiers prepared for the final assault on October 29th, in which they succeeded in driving the Russians out of the fort. The Japanese have a very vague kind of religion. Their ceremonies and rites are very simple, and there is nothing like our Sunday services in church or like our well-defined creeds. But they have an idea of an after-life, and as cleanliness is one of the characteristic features of the Japanese, it is not to be wondered at that the soldiers believed that they would find no place in the Shinto hereafter if they died dirty. The picture shows them at work changing their linen and sponging themselves off as best they could with old towels and dirty handkerchiefs. For more than one-half of them it was to be the last time.


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), “Japanese troops in the front parallel,” Monash Collections Online, accessed July 22, 2024, https://repository.monash.edu/items/show/14030.

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