CHINA: Or Cut Bait

Most U.S. military observers had thought that the Reds would crush Chiang Kai-shek's forces at Suchow, and take his capital, Nanking, in a matter of days. When this did not happen last week, they could hardly believe it.

Chiang held nothing back from the Suchow battle. He concentrated his armies east of the city, relying on the fall floods to defend the swampy plain to the north and northwest. He guessed right. The Reds concentrated their attack on the east, and Chiang's men were there to meet the assault of 400,000 Communist troops in one of the greatest battles of...

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