The First Battle near Manturia (Manchuria). The Japanese Soldiers Defeated the Enemy's Cavalry


Following their victory in a battle near Ussuriysk, Japanese forces fighting in the Russian Civil War pursued the Bolshevik Red Guard north along the border of the Russian Empire and the Manchuria region of China, following the path of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This lithograph shows a battle between the Japanese and the Bolsheviks along this line. The Japanese forces fought against the Bolsheviks on two fronts — from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk, and from Vladivostok to Chita through Manchuria along the Chinese Eastern Railway. Between August 1918 and October 1922, the Imperial Japanese Army participated in the “Siberian Intervention,” an attempt by the Allied powers of World War I to support White Russian forces against the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War (1917–22). Soldiers from nine countries participated in the intervention, which began in August 1918. While the United States and the United Kingdom withdrew their forces in 1920, the Japanese army remained in the Russian Far East and Siberia for another two years. More than 70,000 Japanese troops participated in the fighting. To support the action of the Japanese military, in 1919 Tokyo-based publisher Shōbidō Co. Ltd. produced a series of patriotic lithographic prints depicting various scenes from the campaign entitled “The Illustration of the Siberian War.”

Last updated: November 14, 2017