Battle of Beitang

The Battle of Beitang, during the Boxer Rebellion, was fought on September 20, 1900 between the Eight Nation Alliance and the Great Qing army.

Battle of Beitang
Part of the Boxer Rebellion
Date20 September 1900
Location
Result Allied victory
Belligerents
 Russia
 German Empire
 France
 Qing Dynasty
Commanders and leaders
Russian Empire Georg von Stackelberg
German Empire Lothar von Trotha
French Third Republic Alfred-Amédée Dodds
Qing dynasty Dong Fuxiang
Qing dynasty Jiang Guiti
Qing dynasty Ma Yukun
Strength
14,000 Russian soldiers
16,000 German marines
12,000 French soldiers
21,000 Chinese soldiers
Casualties and losses
845 killed
967 wounded
Heavy

BackgroundEdit

Beitang is 5 mi (8.0 km) north of Tianjin. It was necessary to capture Beitang for organising railway connection between Tianjin and Manchuria.[citation needed]

During the night, Russian troops captured a Chinese position near the destroyed Beitang railway station, and built several batteries. In the morning, Russian and German cannons began to bombard the fortress, and at 10 a.m. the Chinese garrison fled. At noon, the fortress was captured without fighting.[citation needed]

NotesEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Д.Г.Янчевецкий "У стен недвижного Китая". Санкт-Петербург - Порт-Артур, 1903 (D.G.Yanchevetskiy "Near the Walls of unmoving China", Sankt-Peterburg - Port-Artur, 1903)
  • В. Г. Дацышен «Русско-китайская война 1900 года. Поход на Пекин» — СПБ, 1999. ISBN 5-8172-0011-2 (V.G.Datsishen "Russo-chinese war of 1900. March to Beijing", Sankt-Peterburg, 1999)