MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Book (Set)
DIMENSIONS: 3 1/3 X 5 inches (closed)
CONDITION: Good shape for the age.
NOTES: Previously unseen and very rare original. This is the earliest soldier's notebook I've owned for Occupied Taiwan.
ITEM ID: 1849
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Soldier’s Personal Notebook Set for Two Brothers

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Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Japanese Soldier’s Personal Notebook set for two brothers, one of whom served in the Sino-Japanese War, and the other saw action in the Russo-Japanese War, 1896 and1904. Shirai Toshisaku, the elder brother, was born in 1876 (Meiji 9) and joined the Imperial Japanese Army in 1896, in the wake of the First Sino-Japanese War. He was sent to Taiwan with the Japanese occupation forces. Toshisaku died in 1899. He was survived by his younger brother, Shirai Toshikazu, born in 1882. Toshikazu went to Korea and China (Manchuria) in the Russo-Japanese War, 1904 and was wounded in September of that year at the Battle of Liaoyang. The Japanese suffered 22,922 casualties at that battle, which lasted from August 24 to September 4, 1904.These were true brothers-in-arms but wars apart.