Furious Fighting at Amur


Japanese and White Russian forces fighting in the Russian Civil War captured the city of Khabarovsk, located on the Amur River, on September 5, 1918. The forces had moved up from the south along the Trans-Siberian Railway towards the city, which was a major rail hub. This lithograph shows soldiers firing from the top of train cars on the approach to Khabarovsk; the city’s iconic railroad bridge over the Amur is visible in the upper left. 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