World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF CHINA: According to Plan

Last week the Japanese steadily unfolded their plan to: 1) complete the conquest of China; 2) eliminate China as a base for U.S. assault on Tokyo's home islands; 3) immunize Japan's new "Co-Prosperity Sphere" from harassment and blockade by sea.

By simultaneous attacks along the coast of Chekiang Province, the Japs closed one of China's last channels for smuggled goods and braced themselves for a final effort to drive the Chinese from coastal Fukien Province. With Fukien would go the best remaining bases in China for air attack on Japan. The Japanese also stabbed at interior Hunan with a double...

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