World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: New Chinese Wall?

The Japanese took a leaf from the strategy book of General U.S. Grant. As Grant had sliced off the western half of the Confederacy by his Mississippi campaign, the Japs worked, with fearsome force, to cut off the western side of the clamp fastened on the Empire (see map) by Allied strategy.

The enemy's plan had long been apparent. It was to secure the Peiping-Hankow-Canton railroad, firmly establish the Empire's equivocal hold on southeast China east of the railroad, knock out U.S. air bases there, and try to make the coast impregnable to U.S. attack. It...

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