The Russian Leadership and Orders for the Defense at the Battle of Wa-fan-gou, with Particular Reference to Generals Kuropatkin and Stackelburg
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What qualities of leadership did Generals Kuropatkin and Stackelburg exercise or fail to exercise in connection with the Battle of Wa-fan-gou as shown by through actions and orders of these Russian commanders Although General Kuropatkin was commander in chief of the Russian Army of Manchuria, he did not have a free hand in directing the operations of this army, but was subordinate to Admiral Alexiev who was the Czars viceroy in the Far East. Kuropatkins plan of campaign was to avoid any offensive movement against the Japanese forces on the Kwan-tung Peninsula until the arrival of reinforcements from Russia would give him numerical superiority. He decided to concentrate his forces at Liao Yang and to protect this concentration by sending out covering forces to delay any Japanese advance from the east or south. Kuropathkin estimated that he would have numerical superiority by August, 1904.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics