World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Calamity

Anxiety lay dark and heavy over restless Chungking: what seemed at first a minor foraging raid by the Japs had grown to a major offensive and a staggering calamity for weary China. Chungking admitted that the enemy had:

¶Seized almost all of the roadbed which in a few months would link Tokyo by rail and ferry with Hankow in middle China;

¶Crossed the Yellow River, deep in China's rear defense lines, in the face of excellent fortifications;

¶Cut off "several hundred thousands" of Chinese troops.

To make these gains, Japan used a small force—probably no...

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