World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF CHINA: The Forgotten War

In China's war-within-a-war, a great battle had ended in Chinese defeat: after six weeks of siege, heroic Hengyang, on the Hankow-Canton railway, fell to the Japanese. The last word from Hengyang's starving, desperate Chinese garrison went on the radio just a few hours before the end. Said Hengyang's commander: "I am afraid this may be my last message to you."

Not all had been lost at Hengyang. The Jap had been delayed and suffered costly losses. The Chinese and their flying American allies fought on to block a juncture between the enemy advancing from the north and...

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