WAR IN CHINA: Soft-Shelled Turtles

"Soft-Shelled Turtles"

The walled city of Tsinan, capital of Shantung Province, is some 150 miles behind the Japanese front lines in Central China. For three months it has been part of Japan's "conquered territory" and the base of operations for the Japanese thrust at China's "Hindenburg Line" along the Lunghai Railway in southern Shantung. Garrisoned only by a small Japanese force because all available troops have been sent to the front, the Japanese were forced to employ two Chinese battalions, who surrendered when the city was occupied, as Tsinan's military police....

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