BATTLE OF CHINA: Object Lesson

The Hupeh-Hunan border fighting provided the Chinese with a little object lesson in military fundamentals last week. A month ago the Chinese thrust the enemy back through the flatlands to the north bank of the Yangtze (TIME, June 14). The enemy had time to fortify only three small towns—Owchihkow, Shihshow and Hwajung, which they seized in March. The towns cover river communications between Hankow and Shasi.

At Owchihkow the Japanese garrison was entrenched behind five concentric rings of pillboxes. Last week the Chinese decided to drive the enemy from these last strongholds. But instead of columns of Japanese infantry moving along...

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