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In 1891 the German Empire took control of the small fishing village and began a massive construction campaign.
During the day the Germans responded with their own barrage, directed by observers on a high hill outside the city.
The next day the Japanese opened up with a massive bombardment.
Alfred Meyer-Waldeck, German commander of the forces at Tsingtao, did not want to waste his limited infantry in a needless fight.
His troops fought a slow retreat but had to relinquish railway stations as they went; enabling the Japanese to bring in more troops.