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NOTE This professor is a bit eccentric and wanted this essay in a letter format as if I were a Command Staff Officer assigned to report on the performance of the Czars Russian Imperial Army during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 Letter Begins Your Excellency As the ripples of the Japanese affair finally diminish I humbly submit that your Imperial Army is in dire need of restructuring--some of which has already had the foundation established but was unable to achieve full potential due to the outbreak of war First let us discuss the many weaknesses that plagued the army in Asia The single most influential or more properly the lack thereof was our senior leadership The complete indecisiveness of Kuropatkin as first appeared in the maneuver exercise of 1902 must bear the brunt of what went wrong however this is just one of the roots that helped grow the tree of failure Kuropatkins poor leadership also fanned the problems that could be found in the Leer teachings in which our generals were still attempting to utilize a Napoleonic strategy against an unpredictable enemy armed with todays most modern weapons Additionally Kuropatkin was surrounded by a senior staff that was both too old for the rigors of combat and as demonstrated incompetent--a staff that Kuropatkin failed to relieve or request the replacement of One final note on leadership the obvious stubbornness for the naval and army senior commands to coordinate andor agree with a course of action proved fatal especially when Port Arthur was for all intents and purposes the key to our victory in the Far East Further following our military history the problem of logistics and mobilization again substantiates the need for reforms The reliance on the single Trans-Siberian railroad to both logistically support especially once Port Arthur was lost and reinforce proved the eventual nail in the coffin once Kuropatkin did decide to take to the
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