BATTLE OF ASIA: Basic Training

Chungking had good news aplenty this week. On the coast, Japanese forces, apparently redeploying against a possible U.S. landing, abandoned the great port of Foochow. The high command announced a new Chinese offensive in the south, with the capture of Hochih, a heavily fortified rail town guarding Japan's supply route to Indo-China. And Chungking was still savoring its victory in the campaign for Chihkiang (TIME, May 21).

Architect of this victory was General Wang Yao-wu, a peppery, 40-year-old Shantung man. Stocky, muscular and tanned, like most Shantung peasants, he has a ferocious temper, a vivid and profane vocabulary. He is...

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