2/9/1914 Japanese forces prepare to attack Tsingtao

Since an incident in 1897, Germany has been leasing territory from China on the Shantung peninsula. There the Germans have built themselves a naval base at Tsingtao and opened a brewery to provide good German beer to their sailors. But Japan has its eye on the naval base (and perhaps also the brewery). Now Japanese troops land on the Shantung peninsula and prepare to lay siege to Tsingtao, supported by elements of Japan’s powerful navy.

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