World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF CHINA: Too Little, Too Late

On the tenth day of the battle, U.S. Liberators swooped down towards the Yellow River valley, dropped three tons of explosives on two bridges. But few cheers came from the grimy Chinese soldiers, pounded for ten days by Japanese aircraft; this token was too little, too late.

In the first nine days, the Japanese Army shot out a dozen tentacles to the west and south, captured 1,800 sq.mi. of wheat-blanketed Honan flatland, took the town of Chengchow (prewar pop. 700,000), seized the historic Hulap pass to the west. Now the Chinese looked unhappily to the summer, when a Japanese-held...

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