Great Hsi-Ku Arsenal

The Great Hsi-Ku Arsenal (pinyin: Xigu), was a Qing Dynasty Imperial Arsenal that stored munitions, rifles, and millions of rounds of ammunition. In addition tons of rice and medical supplies were stored there. The facility was guarded by Qing Imperial troops using rifles and Krupp field guns mounted as defensive batteries. On the banks of the Pei-ho River, it was located approximately eight miles northwest of Tientsin, China.[1]

It was principal in providing an impromptu safe haven for western troops retreating from a failed rescue attempt (Seymour Relief Expedition) of the Beijing foreign legations during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion in China.

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  1. ^ Jane E. Elliott (2002). Some did it for civilisation, some did it for their country: a revised view of the boxer war. Chinese University Press. p. 421. ISBN 962-996-066-4. Retrieved 2010-06-28.