JAPAN: Jaunting Juggernaut

Japan's juggernaut, clanking slowly across frozen South Manchuria toward Chinchow last week, was chauffeured by the Empire's prodigiously popular hero of the hour, Lieut. General Jiro Tamon. Month ago he broke the power of China in North Manchuria by routing fleet General Ma Chan-shan and capturing Tsitsihar (TIME, Nov. 30). That was easy. General Ma had no effective artillery and only 23,000 Chinese soldiers. Chinchow last week looked hard—that is if its 84,000 Chinese defenders would fight. Japanese scouting planes reported two separate systems of Chinese entrenchments defending Chinchow, complete with...

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