Russo Japanese War

Failed Russian breakout
Pobeda (right) and the protected cruiser Pallada sunk in Port Arthur ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
1904 Apr 12

Failed Russian breakout

Lüshunkou District, Dalian, Li

On 12 April 1904, two Russian pre-dreadnought battleships, the flagship Petropavlovsk and the Pobeda, slipped out of port but struck Japanese mines off Port Arthur. The Petropavlovsk sank almost immediately, while the Pobeda had to be towed back to port for extensive repairs. Admiral Makarov, the single most effective Russian naval strategist of the war, died on the battleship Petropavlovsk.

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