After a month of butting against stubborn Chinese defenders at a dozen points along China's Yellow River, from the Great Wall pass in northwest Shansi to Chengchow, 300 miles to the southeast in Honan, Japanese forces finally secured a toehold on the Chinese-held south bank of the river at Szeshui, Honan Province, Chinese sources admitted last week. Main Japanese objective since their December capture of Nanking has been to sever the vital east-west lifeline of central China, the Lunghai Railway defended by the so-called "Chinese Hindenburg Line." The Lunghai Railway connects (via...

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