I hate the Communist Party chapter 173
It was a simple sentence, but what was contained in this sentence was not light.
This has been said since about 300 years ago, when Hideyoshi, who was proud of ending Japan’s warring era and unifying the world, declared that he would strike Joseon before conquering the continent.
In the end, Hideyoshi died without fulfilling his fictitious dreams, and paid the price of exorbitation with the ending of his family’s extinction, but even after that, there were words that he had to advance to Joseon regularly in Japan.
In order for Japan to escape from this island and move on to the vast Central Continent, the option to swallow Joseon was because the name was an option, but not an option.
Otherwise, it would have been buried in the vastness of Jungwon from the beginning, rather than a stable supply for the Chinese conquest.
Japan, which was quick to accept Western civilizations that preceded Joseon due to the nature of an island country, seemed to be closest to the great business of advancing into Joseon after the 16th century.
While Japan was showing remarkable achievements in modernization including the Meiji Restoration, Joseon was suffering from the same red as Im O Gunran.
Yes, at that time, it seemed that the conquest of Joseon, which the Jeonghanists in Japan had dreamed of, would come true.
As long as the Prince of Russia, who was on his way to Vladivostok, was attacked by some insane as soon as he visited Japan.
“Hurry up! There is no time to procrastinate!”
“The outfit should be kept to a minimum! The shortage items will be requisitioned locally and covered!”
“The decision will be made within just two or two weeks when the future of the Great Japanese Empire is ahead. And don’t forget that the responsibility for the results rests on your shoulders and your legs!”
During this expedition—closer to an invasion—without a declaration of war, the word that occupied the most weight among the words the Japanese military heard was the word “quickly”.
Busan was the place where they arrived by omitting all events such as the launching ceremony and not receiving even the insignificant drop-off.
In fact, if speed was important like this, it would be better to land on the west coast, which is closer to Hanyang than Busan, but now the Yellow Sea was a playground for the powerful naval forces.
I couldn’t take the risk of sinking into the sea before the start of this expedition, which Western powers wouldn’t think very much.
“I think this expedition could be successful, sir.”
One of the few guys on horseback among the soldiers walking with tired and stubborn slumps spoke in a bright tone to the elderly man who was going next to him.
“Well, the main building would have nothing more to hope for as long as the way you said it was… … .”
The man who heard the words of his lieutenant, the young man, was not so bright.
He was one of the skeptical of this expedition from the beginning.
However, he could not refuse Ito’s request, who can be said to be the current prime minister and his senior.
“The soldiers were hurt a lot.”
Maresuke Nogi, who is currently in charge of the Korean conquest army, muttered bitterly.
Even though they did not experience battle-like battles after landing in Korea, the current appearance of the Japanese army was as if they were fighting for their lives every day.
If this is the case, I was worried that even if I arrived in Hanyang as scheduled, I would be able to properly proceed with the siege.
Except for Busan Castle, whether the sky helped or not, they did not face the organized counterattack of the Joseon army, but the physical strength of the Japanese army, which marched by reducing not only the break time, but also the meal time and sleeping time, was near its limit.
The fall of Mungyeongsaejae, which is a fortress of heaven, was not very difficult, but the soldiers were struggling with strength just to cross Mungyeongsaejae.
“Maybe it may have been a wrong expedition from the start, but in order to march as quickly as possible, keep the items per soldier to a minimum, but provide insufficient supplies locally. I don’t know who made this proposal, but if this expedition is successful, I will have to rewrite the military manual.”
Following Ito’s declaration, this was the main point of the plan of the operation that the Cabinet meeting as well as the personnel inside the military had adhered to.
1. Japan currently has extremely limited time and supplies.
2. Of these, it is impossible to secure additional time, even if it can be secured somehow.
3. Therefore, the only Japanese option is to capture Hanyang as quickly as possible and capture the king of Joseon.
4. Whatever you use!
The plan was too shabby for the Japanese brains to come together, but this was the only way.
This is because somehow it had to be resolved while the eyes of the powers were focused on the Qing Dynasty.
The stake is Japan itself, and if it succeeds, it is possible to secure the Korean peninsula by borrowing the power of other powers with a low probability, or to improve the situation in which Japan is currently facing, and if it fails, Japan can also fall into a state like the Qing Dynasty.
It was a gamble that I wouldn’t even pay attention to, but in the current situation, I couldn’t help it.
No matter what awaits you, the only way to look ahead is to run.
“If I go there, even if this is a success, I’ll have to spend at least a few years striking out rebels and bandits from around the world for the time being.”
Even if this expedition was successful, it was hard to expect that the Koreans who were requisitioned-in fact looted-would come to them cooperatively in the future.
At the beginning of the Japanese invasion of the Imjin War, it seemed that he would thoroughly read the public sentiment of the occupied lands, and that he would take only half of the unmatched harvest to be generous to them.
This requisition was nothing but a decisive blow to the rural villages of Joseon, which had already been destitute due to a series of turmoil.
It was still quiet now, but it was clear that the farmers who realized that they couldn’t get through the winter would not sit still.
“Well, sir, though! This is Hanyang soon! Considering that we haven’t even had a nasty counterattack on our way here, it’s clear they don’t even know we’ve arrived!”
Even though this is not the era of delivering news only by manpower, his lieutenant was talking about such optimism.
No, to be precise, he wasn’t really thinking like he had just said.
It was obvious that if I didn’t make such bullshit, my mind would collapse.
“Yes, I wish the main building was like that.”
It should have been.
Everyone felt in their minds that this expedition would end in failure, no matter how much the Japanese army had the upper hand in terms of equipment, if it was thought that it was impossible for the Joseon government to block it in the provinces and concentrated all defensive forces to Hanyang.
It was a successful military operation that achieved strategic objectives without combat and marched in enemy territory and was not even counterattacked, but the number of Japanese troops continuing the march continued to decline.
After a short break, the platoon commanders kept their mouths shut even though they knew that some of their platoon members couldn’t be seen, and sometimes even if there were members of the platoon who fell by the side of the road during the march, everyone looked ahead in silence.
There was only one word inscribed in the eyes of those who went on the road.
Obviously, the goal is getting closer, but the strange march that the soldiers’ steps are getting heavier and heavier finally comes to an end, and Hanyang, which they had been waiting for, appeared in front of them, but the cheers of joy were not heard.
“… … .”
“In the end, it turned out like this.”
In Hanseong, where they arrived, a flag was fluttering along with the Joseon flag.
“The Russian Empire was one step faster than us this time again.”
Lieutenant General Nogi muttered words in the ears of Motojiro Akashi, the lieutenant.
“Go, sir. What should I do now? Do I have to go back to Busan like this?”
“Today is too late and the soldiers are exhausted, so I prepare to camp here. However, because the right place is right in front of you, he told them not to be vigilant. We are targeting Hanyang just before dawn tomorrow.”
“Hana, sir! Most of the cannons brought to speed up the march have also been lost, and only two or three shots are left to shoot! Rather, building a camp a little further from here and waiting for subsequent troops and support… … .”
“Is any of the orders you received include saying to retreat or wait if the situation doesn’t work?”
“… … no.”
“I am too. If you’re Sana, sometimes you have to run without knowing what the end will be like. You can’t feed the soldiers full, so make sure to get them to sleep early.”
When Lieutenant General Nogi’s order was given, the soldiers were agitated, but the training engraved on his body made him perform the order naturally.
And isn’t it that you can sleep anyway?
If I had said that I would rather return to Busan without delaying here, a rebellion would have occurred.
Even though there was no rice, the night had passed and the day dawned, but the scheduled attack order was not issued.
As the day dawned, the officers, wondering that Lieutenant General Nogi would not appear, broke into the commander’s tent, and they could see why the order had not been given.
The only thing in the tent was the body of Lieutenant General Nogi, who had been harassed, along with a letter from Lieutenant General Nogi telling them to retreat because they could not drive the soldiers into death.
* * *
When the Japanese troops decided to retreat with tears in front of Hanyang, Gojong was in Maritime Province.
When he was first kidnapped by them, he was trembling with anxiety, but now he was acting as if he was the owner of the coastal sea.
At first, I was scared that they would hurt them or they would be scared, but soon after, I gained confidence when the observer of the Maritime Haeju-because Gojong thought-with a sincere hospitality showed a polite attitude with the letter of the Tsar.
First of all, he said that it was because he apologized for bringing him to this place, and that there could have been some unpleasant things. He said that he would send him back with unconditional support immediately after he drove out the wicked Japanese soldiers. That was correct.
It was a bonus to say that he would keep his current position.
He wasn’t just stupid, so I knew that when this was over, Joseon would become virtually a Russian puppet country.
In that respect, Russia was a gorgeous string that looked strong enough for Gojong to catch.
“Big, that’s good. I think this vodka is better than Gabe (coffee)! Hahaha.”
“I’m glad you’re right. What you’re eating now is the same thing that was delivered to the Romanov family, and it’s also enjoyed by the current Tsar, Nikolai II. As expected, your Majesty is also a noble person, and your taste is luxurious.”
“Ah, is it? Ha ha ha ha ha. Please get a cup of the attendant too.”
“Thank you, majesty.”
The head of Jongmu was skeptical while treating Gojong directly.
One time to pretend to be a master like this as if he did not know how unstable one’s situation was, it would be too easy to be said to be the king of one country, not even from his own country.
Sadly for him, these days were expected to continue for the time being.
“So when does the tsar say that he is coming to meet this body?”
This is because in the message the chief of staff received from the Tsar, it was written to treat King Gojong to the maximum extent and to be guilty until further instructions.
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