World War: FAR EASTERN THEATER: Repeat Performance

The Japanese Army wants the city of Changsha badly, has wanted it for three years. Capital of Hunan Province, Changsha dominates highway and rail communications south of the Yangtze, is the center of some of the richest rice country in the world (TIME, Sept. 22). Twice the Japanese have tried to seize it; twice they have failed. The city was burned once—by the Chinese themselves, on the strength of a false rumor that the Japanese were on the city's outskirts. Last week the Japanese made their third try for Changsha, and had a good chance of getting it.

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