The Japanese Cavalry Taken Possession of Khabarovsk Pursuing and Attacking the Enemies


During the Russian Civil War, allied Japanese and White Russian forces captured the city of Khabarovsk on September 5, 1918. Although the actual taking of the city was relatively peaceful, this lithograph shows the Japanese cavalry putting up a fierce fight against a backdrop dominated by the iconic railroad bridge across the Amur River. During a subsequent clash between the Bolsheviks and Japanese troops on April 5, 1920, two of the bridge’s 18 spans were destroyed, cutting the Trans-Siberian Railway in half for five years before the bridge was repaired. 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