Zhang Zuolin seizes Japanese arms

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Zhang Zuolin seizes Japanese arms

Post by jerryasher » 08 Dec 2020 21:34

Can anyone round out when and what happened in the spring of 1918. Zhang Zuolin's forces at Qinghudao, interrupted and seized, prior to releasing, an arms shipment originally destined for Duan Qurui. My understanding of the process is that, a private (?) firm was the seller, the arms were carried by a Japanese flagged ship, when the ship docked and arms were unloaded, Zhang's men confiscated them, without boarding or engaging any Japanese nationals. Arms simply had to remain on dock or in warehouse until negotiations/discussions between Zhang and Duan, or their respective agents. Source: North China Daily Herald, April 1918. Any clearer date, name of ship, nature and number of weapons, identification of unit or place destined for? From the date, this is prior to Duan winning from Japan the expansion of his forces to division strength in late July. Many thanks in advance.

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