World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: Victory in Hunan

In the dusty hills of central Hunan province, a resurgent Chinese army broke a Japanese drive, then followed through in counteroffensive. No longer were the Japs threatening a U.S. Fourteenth Air

Force base; the Chinese were now threatening a Jap base.

When the Japanese had started from Packing, they were merely out to tidy up the interior before they turned to guard the coast against possible U.S. landings. Their objective was Chihkiang, a Fourteenth Air Force base 250 miles southeast of Chungking. They ran into a Chinese army which first retreated, leaving suicide garrisons behind. Then, with fresh troops, American-trained and...

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