The Japanese Cavalry Advanced Furiously in Storm


This dramatic lithograph depicting a scene from the Russian Civil War shows the Japanese cavalry advancing in the middle of a fierce storm. The Imperial Japanese Army fought against the Bolsheviks on two fronts — from Vladivostok to Khabarovsk, and from Vladivostok to Chita through Manchuria along the Chinese Eastern Railway. It is unclear along which front this scene took place. 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