JAPAN-CHINA: Pointed Circumstances

Ready for a major battle at the drop of a coolie hat last week were Japanese divisions in North China, totaling about 45,000 men, faced by an estimated 150,000 Chinese troops. Nobody dropped it. Instead there occurred an almost unprecedented act in the history of China's foreign concessions. Day after serious little Japanese marines had clambered ashore at Hankow, 600 mi. up the Yangtze River and 600 mi. south of the Peiping-Tientsin front, to protect some 3,500 Japanese nationals, the entire Japanese population of Hankow was suddenly ordered to evacuate the city,...

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