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Talk by David Wilmshurst on the Japanese Invasion of Taiwan of 1895

posted 9 Jan 2018, 23:44 by Stephen Verralls   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 23:44 ]

 On the evening of the 23rd November 2017 at the Banyan Room of the United Services Recreation Club David Wilmshurst, historian, author and former Government Administrative Officer give a fascinating talk on the Japanese invasion of Taiwan of 1895. Being a subject on which David has written on, a full house heard David explain the background to the campaign as well the politics of both sides in the conflict. For those not familiar with the campaign:

 The Japanese invasion of Taiwan (May–October 1895) was a conflict between the Empire of Japan and the armed forces of the short-lived Republic of Formosa following the Qing Dynasty's cession of Taiwan to Japan in April 1895 at the end of the First Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese sought to take control of their new possession, while the Republican forces fought to resist Japanese occupation. The Japanese landed near Keelung on the northern coast of Taiwan on 29 May 1895, and in a five-month campaign swept southwards to Tainan. Although their advance was slowed by guerrilla activity, the Japanese defeated the Formosan forces (a mixture of regular Chinese units and local Hakka militias) whenever they attempted to make a stand. The Japanese victory at Baguashan on 27 August, the largest battle ever fought on Taiwanese soil, doomed the Formosan resistance to an early defeat. The fall of Tainan on 21 October ended organised resistance to Japanese occupation, and inaugurated five decades of Japanese rule in Taiwan.