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"Times" Comment on the Report.

The " Times " experfc reviewing Admiral Togo's report, says thafc the fleet was defeated when unity and concentrated action was iaterrupted. This was the case with Bozjesfcveaski on the evening of May 27. Then came the grand opportunity for torpedo craft. Evidently Rozjeatvenski's slender torpedo force was destroyed from the very outset; but Togo kept his torpedo boats m hand until the psychological moment, and hurled thorn m the midst of an already shaken and demoralised float completing the work the larger craft; had begun, and reducing the fleet to a mere herd of fugitive, discomfited units. Togo' bettered the doctrine which favours letting loose torpedo boats before a general action, I and shook the enemy by an attack m force, impairing the armament intended to resist torpedo attacks. He used his torpedo boats when the enemy's moral and material power of resistance was at a low ebb\ The moral effect of the attack m suoh circumstances was tremendous and overwhelming. The "Times" expert adds that the interpretation by naval circles m St. Petersburg that there was panic is doubtless substantially correct. The discomfiture completing the break-up made surrender a foregone conclusion. Rozjestvenski's men had undergone an ordeal more searching than any modern seamen had undergone. He would not bo entitled, m default of experience to the contrary, to say that any other modern seamen oould endure it with si-eater fortitude or better success. The Russians were outmanoeuvred, outfought, overpowered, and utterly defeated, but went manfully and straightforwardly into the conflict. Received May 31, 9.28 a.m. "The Times" expert adds that the moral of Togo's triumph is that victory at sea is certain to go m the long run to a restrained and war-trained fleet.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6584, 31 May 1905

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"Times" Comment on the Report. Ashburton Guardian, Issue 6584, 31 May 1905