Thursday, February 17, 2011

La Musique du Général Oku

A French satire on General Oku (Oku Yasukata), Commander of the Imperial Japanese 2nd Army during the Russo-Japanese war (1904-1905). Though not involved in the fighting, the French were allied with Russia: hence the petard- humor directed at the Japanese. Unhappily for European leaders, not to mention Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Japanese nonetheless prevailed. I waited almost a month for this card--acquired from an overseas dealer--but I think you will agree it was worth the wait.

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