On August 16th General Nogi sent an Officer under a flag of truce to the fortress, offering General Stoessel 'honourable terms' if he would surrender. The proposal was signed jointly by Nogi and Togo: "Our Army has almost completed it arrangements for a general assault which will begin very soon. Once this attack is launched, the fate of Port Arthur will be settled" To avoid a useless effusion of blood, we propose the evacuation of non-combatants and a surrender which will otherwise be imposed by force."
Admiral Togo, Georges Blond, 1961, p 192
|Admiral Togo and General Nogi together with their Staff Officers during the Siege of Port Arthur.|