Land and Sea Attack on Weihaiwei
Nakazawa Toshiaki (Japanese, 1864 – 1921)
DimensionsImage : 14 x 28 1/4 in. (35.56 x 71.75 cm)
Each : 14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.56 x 23.5 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelWeihaiwei (now called Weihai) is an important port city on the coast of China's Shandong province. In January 1895, the Japanese military launched a combined land and sea attack on Weihaiwei to prevent the Chinese from using it as a supply base for their forces fighting in Liaoning Province and Korea. The battle for Weihaiwei raged for more than three weeks with the Japanese eventually emerging victorious. The loss of Weihaiwei created a potential opening for the Japanese to attack the Chinese capital city of Beijing and became a major factor in the Chinese government's decision to end the war a few months later.