The Emerging Power of the Czar's Imperial Army
NOTE: This is essay is written in letter form, and I am writing it as
if I were a Command & Staff Officer assigned to the German Kaiser in
early 1900s, and was to report on the emerging power of the Czar's
(Russian) Imperial Army following the Russo-Japanese War of 1904.
Russian Imperial Army:
The Organization and Tactics learned and applied during
Post Russo-Jap War of 1904
As we stand at the brink of war with one of our oldest adversaries, it
is with the utmost urgency that I insure you have the latest military
goings-on from Moscow. Without a doubt, the Russian military has been
busy since the Russo-Japanese War and has geared its entire method
strategy and method off the threat of our very own Triple Alliance.
For the most part, these new reforms are bringing some much needed
changes to an already powerful enemy, and although there are still
shortcomings, I feel it necessary to brief you on five of the most
pressing improvements of their forces.
A complete restructuring of their Corps organization stands at the
forefront of the reforms, and is two-fold--it addresses the
realignment of the corps into Military Districts and the actual
make-up of the Russian Army Corps. Although it has maintained a
"four-sided" structure that will impair the overall effectiveness of
command and control, it has also simplified the overall control
aspect. In regards to this new composition of forces, Sukhomlinov has
borrowed from the Young Turks Palitsyn-Alekseev, whom you will recall
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... denied that
the Russian armies do consist of good regiments with dedicated
men--and although the level of skill and quality of the units above
regiment level diminishes the higher up you look, it must also be
considered that with a moral fanaticism that is ever-present in the
Russian people, one must not forget that their 1.3+ million man ground
force is actually only 1.8 percent of their male population! We can
win this war, but if we are to start it, we must do so as soon as
possible, for the Russians are assuredly restructuring their army for
the best--and they are surely following the advice of Neznamov that
the Russian virtues of bravery, self-sacrifice, stolidity, and
self-sufficiency must be backed by an increased army knowledge,
training, and utilization of national assets (Menning 215).