DANGER ZONES: Marx v. Buddha

As the Chinese Reds toiled last week across Tibet's forbidding, wind-scoured glacial plateau, their press & radio for the first time reported how they had prepared the blow.

Under General Liu Po-cheng ("The One-Eyed Dragon"), boss of Southwest China, the campaign was begun a year ago with drilling of troops in mountain warfare and of party commissars in the Tibetan tongue and customs. On Oct. 7 the advance got under way. Each soldier carried 100 lbs. of arms and rice. Other supplies were loaded on truck and yak caravans. Pontoon bridges were laid...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!