CHINA: Troubles of a Tosspot

On May Day some 150,000 Japanese troops began the first big drive of spring 1940 against Chinese forces on the plateau in northern Hupeh and southern Honan near Hankow, bomb-gutted "Chicago of China." Object was to win a victory spectacular enough to justify final and official recognition by the Imperial Japanese Government of their Chinese puppet ruler at Nanking, multiple-turncoat Wang Ching-wei.

Neither the victory nor the recognition went according to schedule. Soon the broadcasting stations of Free China began jubilant descriptions of how the Japanese spring drive was being routed, claimed...

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