World War: FAR EASTERN THEATER: Nobody's City

As last week ended, Changsha was nobody's city. Chinese and Japanese both claimed it. In the city, or near it, raged one of the most furious battles of the China War.

Down from the north came Japanese columns, paralleling the strategic Hankow-Canton railway on both sides (see map). They meant business. Five regular divisions, two hundred planes were in this shove. Last time the Japanese pushed on Changsha the Chinese destroyed the roads, encircled the attackers, forced them into disastrous retreat. This time the Japanese brought with them six full regiments of engineers. Communications with the rear were to be...

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