World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF CHINA: The Gissimo's Good Cheer

"We have passed our most dangerous crisis."

In Chungking, Gissimo Chiang Kai-shek is as famous for his timing as a Swiss watch. But last week, at the moment when he made this statement, the news seemed to shout that he had his schedule of optimism all mixed up.

China's news seemed to be all bad. In the eastern theater, in Chekiang Province, where the Japanese Army wants to seize airfield's within reach of Japan and Formosa, Japanese reinforcements poured in from east, north and southeast, forming a huge, closing maw. A new spearhead...

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