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Capture of a Choshu battery

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines


Location: Japan


Period/ Conflict: Shimonoseki Campaign


Year: 1864


Date/s: 5–6 September 1864


On September 4, 1864, the international fleet arrived at the entrance to the Shimonoseki Straits.



The next afternoon, the fleet moved closer to the Japanese shore batteries and both sides opened fire.



The battle lasted for over an hour, until the batteries were silenced. A British night landing took care of some of the guns as well. The battle was resumed early on the morning of September 6, with more cannon fire.



At 8:30 a.m., under supporting fire from the fleet a landing took place, British, French and Dutch troops captured the Japanese batteries by noon, although they were contested throughout the day.



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