World: Push on Honan

The Japanese columns rumbled from their village bases, snaked westward across the knee-high wheat of Honan. Overhead, their aircraft roared on their way to bomb Chinese towns strung out along the Hwang Ho, the River of Sorrow.

Slowly the Chinese units fell back. To the battlewise lao ping, China's G.L, it was clear: he had not the strength to halt the enemy, nor the air support which he enjoyed in the battles in the south. Major General Claire Chennault's Fourteenth had no good bases in the north.

Strategists in Chungking assumed that the new...

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