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Russia. Voennyi Agent (Japan) records
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  • Alternative Forms of Material Available
  • Historical Note
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  • Title: Russia. Voennyĭ agent (Japan) records
    Date (inclusive): 1906-1921
    Collection Number: 28013
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Russian
    Physical Description: 16 manuscript boxes (6.4 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Letters, telegrams, contracts, minutes, receipts, memoranda, reports, accounts, declarations, requests, orders, instructions, packing and shipping specifications, invoices, insurance policies, bills of lading, blueprints, tables, diagrams, certificates, and lists, relating to the Japanese Army, political movements in Japan, and the purchase by the Russian Army of military supplies from Japanese firms. Also available on microfilm (34 reels).
    Creator: Russia. Voennyĭ agent (Japan)
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Access

    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.

    Use

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1928.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Russia. Voennyi agent (Japan) records, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Also available on microfilm (34 reels).

    Historical Note

    This record group was previously accessioned at the Hoover Institution as the M. P. Podtiagin collection. It consists of the records of the Russian Military Attaché in Japan from 1906 to 1921, plus the files of a number of military offices and organizations subordinate to the Military Attaché. The latter include the Supervisor for the Inspection of Quartermaster Stores in Japan, the Senior Tester and Technical Consultant of the Artillery Committee of the Chief Ordnance Administration, the Chairman of the Commission for the Inspection of Artillery Supplies Ordered in Japan, the Far Eastern Military Supply Commission, and the Director of Artillery Inspection. These agencies were created to facilitate the purchase and shipment of military supplies from Japan during the period 1914-1921. Upon their dissolution, the records and funds of these agencies were turned over to the Military Attaché.
    The office of the Military Attaché in Japan served essentially two purposes. From 1906 to 1914, the Military Attaché sent regular reports to the General Staff Headquarters of the Imperial Russian Army on various characteristics of the Japanese Army (size, organization, troop dispositions, weapons, the military budget, etc.) and on the political situation in Japan. After the outbreak of World War I, the chief duty of the Military Attaché appears to have been the negotiation of contracts with various Japanese firms for the purchase of military supplies (clothing, medical supplies, weapons, raw materials, foodstuffs, etc.), as well as overall direction of inspection and shipment procedures for these goods. The office remained intact after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and continued to serve as a conduit for supplies, first for the Provisional Government, and latter--from 1918 to 1921--for the All-Russian Government at Omsk.
    The office of the Military Attaché in Japan was occupied by Major-General V. K. Samoiloff from 1906 to 1915, Colonel N. Morel from 1915 to 1916, Colonel V. Iakhontoff from 1916 to 1918, and Major-General M. P. Podtiagin, the former Senior Tester and Technical Consultant of the Artillery Committee, from 1919 to 1921.

    Scope and Content Note

    Letters, telegrams, contracts, minutes, receipts, memoranda, reports, accounts, declarations, requests, orders, instructions, packing and shipping specifications, invoices, insurance policies, bills of lading, blueprints, tables, diagrams, certificates, and lists, relating to the Japanese Army, political movements in Japan, and the purchase by the Russian Army of military supplies from Japanese firms.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-1921
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Russia
    Japan -- Military relations -- Russia
    Russia -- Military relations -- Japan
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Japan
    Military attachés
    Procurement
    Japan -- Politics and government -- 20th century
    Russia. Armii͡a