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Nikolai Petrovich Linevich
General Nikolai P. Linevich
Born (1839-01-05)5 January 1839
Died 10 April 1908(1908-04-10) (aged 69)
Place of birth St. Petersburg, Russia
Allegiance  Russian Empire
Service/branch Russian Imperial Army
Years of service 1855-1906
Rank General
Commands held Imperial Russian Army
Battles/wars Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878)
Boxer Rebellion
*Battle of Peking
Russo-Japanese War
*Battle of Mukden

Nikolai Petrovich Linevich, also Lenevich and Linevitch (Russian: Николай Петрович Линевич, 5 January 1839 [O.S. 24 December 1838] – 23 April [O.S. 10 April] 1908) was a career military officer, General of Infantry (1903) and Adjutant general in the Imperial Russian Army in the Far East during the latter part of the Russo-Japanese War.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born in Saint Petersburg, Linevich entered military service as a cadet in 1855. Stationed with the 75th Infantry Regiment at Sevastopol, his first combat experience was against the mountain tribes of the western Caucasus Mountains. He made a name for himself in the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878), and was appointed commander of the South Ussuri Division in 1895.

During the Boxer Rebellion, Linevich was commander of the 1st Siberian Army Corps. He participated in the Battle of Peking in 1900. In 1903, he was appointed commander of the Amur Military District as Governor General of Dauria.

At the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War he was temporarily in charge of the Russian Manchurian Army until the arrival of General Aleksey Kuropatkin on March 15, 1904. He was again placed in command of the Manchurian Army from October 1904 to March 3, 1905. After the Russian defeat at the Battle of Mukden, General Kuropatkin was relieved of his command, and Linevich was promoted to succeed him as commander in chief of the Russian armies in the far east. However, once promoted, Linevich procrastinated, irking the Tsar with never-ending demands for reinforcements, and refusing to go on the offensive against the Japanese positions. After the Treaty of Portsmouth ended the war, Linevich oversaw the evacuation of Russian forces from Manchuia, hampered by strikes and revolutionary agitation by the railroad workers. He refused to take action against the workers, and when a portion of his troops revolted as part of the Russian Revolution of 1905, he was in no hurry to put down the risings. As a result, he was relieved of his duties in February 1906. Linevich spent the rest of his life in retirement. His wartime journal ("The Russian-Japanese War. From the diaries AN Kuropatkin and NP Linevich") was published posthumously in 1925.

Honors[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Connaughton, R.M (1988). The War of the Rising Sun and the Tumbling Bear—A Military History of the Russo-Japanese War 1904–5, London, ISBN 0-415-00906-5.
  • Jukes, Geoffry. The Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905. Osprey Essential Histories. (2002). ISBN 978-1-84176-446-7.
  • Warner, Denis & Peggy. The Tide at Sunrise, A History of the Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905. (1975). ISBN 0-7146-5256-3.
  • Russian Operations in the Boxer Rebellion

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