Man of TIN Blogvent Calendar Day 14: Rice Diets and the Problems of Beriberi in the Japanese Army and Navy

I first came across this story whilst researching Naval gaming ship bases on a TMP page, an intriguing late 19th century naval and military history story

If an army marches on its stomach then this colourfully illustrated article explores how the nutrition expertise of  British surgeon William Willis and Dr Kanehiro Takaki was used in curing the Japanese Navy’s medical problems.

The Japanese Army was much slower to accept this and were still affected by this Beriberi malnutrition problem decades later during the Russo Japanese War of 1905.

From the Jacklex website a finely painted  20mm  Japanese Infantry figure early uniform Russo-Japanese War 1904/5

You might find this article interesting in case you are tempted invest in some fine 20mm Jacklex Russo Japanese War figures with your Christmas money. The Jacklex website helpfully has free uniform painting guides, ORBATs and Mukden to Megiddo rules from Andy Callan.  There is a useful 2004 Osprey on the subject and a RJW section in Featherstone’s Wargames Through the Ages Vol 4 1861-1945.

This is a different sort of article for naval gamers and military history enthusiasts but hopefully an interesting one.


Further articles in English

This article mentions: “In 1915, Kanehiro Takaki received the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure’, one of the highest decorations in Japan. He died in 1920, and received posthumously the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’ in that year. In 1959, a peninsula in Antarctica – The Takaki Promontory (65° 33′ 0″ S, 64° 34′ 0″ W) – was named after him.”

Never underestimate logistics …

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 14 December 2019

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

2 thoughts on “Man of TIN Blogvent Calendar Day 14: Rice Diets and the Problems of Beriberi in the Japanese Army and Navy”

  1. Great post. Like the Boer war we have been discussing the RJW is another war that I mean to get to grips in gaming terms. I’m torn between 20mm Toy Soldier style or 6mm mass. Both have their appeal.




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