JAPAN: China Spanked

In the open, Chinese soldiers proverbially run. Cornered, they fight like wild tigers, defend every streetcorner and doorway, die frothing and screaming defiance.

Ideal for such fighting is the ancient Chinese city of Shanhaikwan, the perfect corner. Surrounded by its own 40-ft. wall and backed by China's Great Wall, Shanhaikwan is a 20th Century Thermopylae, the gateway defending China proper from Manchurian invaders. Last week several thousand Chinese soldiers, armed chiefly with old-style rifles, were ordered to defend Shanhaikwan against the simultaneous assaults of Japanese artillery (19 pieces), Japanese whippet tanks,...

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