World War: FAR EASTERN THEATER: A Week in the Catacombs

Chungking really got it last week. In one 24-hour period, there were 22 hours of alarm. In one three-day stretch, there were 50 hours. The Japanese came over seven days in a row.

The gentlemen from Japan were not out to ruin property: they were out to break spirit. Most of the time the attackers sent only small squadrons, sometimes only three planes in a wave. But this was enough to keep Chungking under alarm, and keeping 250,000 people in dugouts and 150,000 others out in the hills two-thirds of the time was...

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