CHINA: Attrition

In the old library of Nanking's Defense Ministry last week Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek held an earnest council of war. Captured Communist war plans helped the Gerieralissimo to make his points. He read aloud Communist Chieftain Mao Tse-tung's own outline for the offensive in Central China, quoted from the latest tactical instructions for Communist field commanders. But the intentions and capabilities of China's Red Army were clear enough without captured Communist war plans. Last week that Red Army possessed the military initiative in China, and appeared to be winning its war of...

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