The Japan-Russia War was indeed a "classic". Prior to the Great War, The Japan-Russia War was the first of the "modern wars", involving the famous Vladivostok Fleet of the Russian Navy. The war and its vessels had far reaching efforts in shaping the history of both the nations. Originally intended for American readers, this book has now claimed its rightful place as a comprehensive guide to one of the most thrilling stories of all time. Sydney Tyler, war correspondent and author of The Spanish War and The War in South Africa has chronicled what was then called "the greatest conflict of modern times". A revealing account, the most insightful aspects of this book is the detail of the many illustrated photographs and drawings made by eye witnesses, despite being a far cry from present day war correspondents being 'embedded' in a particular action.