Code: GWASL16
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    GWASL 16: RISING SUN: 1914

    German attention was brought to the need to defend Tsingtao after the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Preparations for a coming siege were made, including trench lines along multiple approaches, Kaiserstuhl to Litsuner Heights. Batteries of outdated Chinese artillery were used to augment the German defenses. Little did the General Staff know that the ‘coming’ assault would not take place until after Japan declared war on Germany; the declaration occurred on 23 August 1914, and mere months later, between 31 October and 7 November 1914, British and Japanese forces combined to lay siege to Tsingtao. British forces from The South Wales Borderers, plus Indian soldiers of the 36th Sikhs, joined the Japanese 18th Division, on the march despite violating Chinese neutrality … to a clash with soldiers of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Austro-Hungarian naval troops, Chinese colonial soldiers, and German naval marines joined together as a polyglot multi-national army to defend a place many in the world had never heard of … but the Kaiser declared, “it would shame me more to surrender Tsingtao to the Japanese than Berlin to the Russian…” to make his commanders understand the urgency of the operation. Japanese cavalry clashed with Germans, air power made an appearance on both sides … and what would be known to the soldiers and generals later as ‘trench warfare’ was the order of the day, from day one. Japanese soldiers proudly took their place marching by the Arc de Triomphe on 14 July 1919 … a new height in terms of military power for the Soldiers of the Sun … since their victory over the soldiers of Tsar Nicholas II in 1905, setting the stage of Japanese imperialism, ongoing conflict in China, and the raid on Pearl Harbor.

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