Imperial Korean Army 1895 to 1910

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Imperial Korean Army 1895 to 1910

Post  Sean on Thu 19 Jun 2008, 2:18 pm

Inbetween subservience to China and Japan (1895 to 1910, or thereabouts), Korea had its own army.
This photo comes from a blog on the Korean Military Museum.
I have found little other information on their uniforms so if anyone can add please do.
They were Russian trained, and perhaps equipped?

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Imperial Korean Army 1895 to 1910

Post  Mike Blake on Fri 24 Apr 2009, 12:10 am

Sean

You didn't get much of a response! I too have been searching for Korean armed forces information c1900. I have gathered a few photos of very poor quality which I will post in the hope of provoking a response of some kind. I am interested because the Koreans almost became involved militarily in the Boxer Uprising - the emperor offered troops but japan blocked it.

You say the Korean army was Russian trained? That's news to me - all the signs suggest the greated influence other than China was Japan -borne out by how 'Japanese' the modern Korean uniforms in your photo and the ones I've found are?

I'd like to get some organisational details too, but neither Korean embassy, National Library nor current armed forces seem able to help!

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Re: Imperial Korean Army 1895 to 1910

Post  Sean on Fri 24 Apr 2009, 12:45 am

I agree that Japan was the dominant force in the area and heavily influenced the local armies. You need only look at the revamped Chinese army to see a Japanese style. But they were also feared for their expansionist policies. I think the Russians were always on the edge of things trying to get an 'in' for the area to take them to a warm water port in the east, hence Port Arthur. In the end it led to war between the two powers.
Korea, a battleground and sometime nation, was influenced by both sides and in the end pulled apart by both.
Still can't find much on them. There was a website on the American attack in the late 1800s but that's gone now. Another interesting bit of history.

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Post  Sean on Tue 19 Oct 2010, 8:35 am

http://i22.servimg.com/u/f22/12/22/09/10/imperi10.jpg
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Just sorting through some files and found this one.
Interesting uniform, a mix of western style and native practicality.
Officer with cuff rank insignia, and the bloke on the right a NCO with a small inverted chevron on the left shoulder?
Mauser rifles?

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Here's the picture...

Post  mconrad on Fri 22 Oct 2010, 12:13 pm

From a 1977 Japanese history magazine.
The caption says that Russian soldiers are training Koreans. The helmets have round knobs on top, not points.
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Re: Imperial Korean Army 1895 to 1910

Post  Sean on Sat 23 Oct 2010, 4:25 am

Lovely thanks. You seem to have a lot of interesting books and periodicals

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From the French periodical Armee et Marine 1904

Post  Sean on Sun 08 May 2011, 3:50 pm

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Another illustration from the Korean Military Museum

Post  Sean on Mon 19 Sep 2011, 3:48 pm

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Interesting but I'm not sure how accurate it is

Post  Sean on Sun 01 Jan 2012, 6:44 pm

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Pickelhaube

Post  Sean on Fri 30 Mar 2012, 8:06 pm

Korean royalty in pickelhaube (circa 1904)?
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Woodcut and actual picture

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The old uniform

Post  Sean on Sun 29 Apr 2012, 7:32 am

What most of the soldiers probably looked like

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Re: Imperial Korean Army 1895 to 1910

Post  Animal on Mon 30 Apr 2012, 8:23 am

Sean wrote:What most of the soldiers probably looked like

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Certainly reservists.

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