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First half of Chapter seventeen outlined thoroughly.
History of Modern China
Dr. Boram Yi
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modren, China, history, Of, WWII
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Chapter 17 Ashley Jenkins October 2, 2016 World War II Chapter 17 Loss of East China  Spring 1937: period of calm  GMD and CCP embraced a United Front with the goal of defeating the Japanese and forcing them from China.  Common enemy: there would be no china to be ruled by either if it was ruled by Japan.  Japanese were undergoing a change in their own government  The Chinese army was growing more confident and more resistive.  May 1937 American Ambassador wrote that anti-Japanese sentiments were part of the Chinese racial consciousness.  Large and Small events came together  Japanese Premier failed to get economic policies through parliament.  Replaced by a government headed by Prince Konoe.  Japan’s commanding general in North China had a heart attack.  Replaced with a less experienced subordinate.  Chinese troops near Marco Polo Bridge strengthened shoreline defenses.  Had a railway bridge built alongside it.  Key supply line.  Southern lines with the junction town of Wanping were controlled by Nationalist Forces.  Japan conducted maneuvers in the area  th, Boxer Protocol 1091  July 7 1937  Japanese chose to make the bridge the base of a nighttime maneuver  Authorized to fire blank cartridges into the air to simulate combat conditions  Chinese fired some shell into the Japanese’s assembly area without causing causalities.  Did not know that Japan was running a drill our using blanks.  The Japanese soldier was missing in the morning, assumed he had been kidnapped by Chinese for information.  Japanese commander ordered an attack on Wanping.  Can be considered the first battle of WWII  Chinese rail troops rose to the occasion and launched an attack on Japanese position  Beaten.  Over next week uncoordinated negotiations, statements & counterstatements  local military commanders on both sides.  National governments in Peking and Tokyo.  Regional commanders on both sides.  Japanese War Ministry called for mobilization of troops to North and Central China  Chiang Kai-shek ordered mobilization of troops around Baoding  Japan wanted an apology, thought all of the faults lied with China.  Chaing Kai-Shek stated that situation with Japanese must remain Status Quo  If they lost any more territory they would be guilty of crimes against their own race.  July 27  Local leaders seemed to be working on withdrawal arrangements fighting erupted at the Marco Polo bridge.  Japanese troops seized the bridge  By the end of July, they had seized the entire Tianjin-Peking region.  “only course open to us now is to lead the masses of the nation, under a single national plan, to struggle to the last” Chiang  Chiang decided to deflect the Japanese from campaign in north China  Launched an attack on their forces in the shanghai area.  Chaing had the best of his German-Trained troops here.  Outnumbered the Japanese in Shanghai 10:1  Tookthhe precaution of constructing safe houses/bases along the way if they had to retreat  August 14  Chaing ordered air force to bomb Japanese warship that were anchored off the docks.  Japanese intercepted and decoded message and Chaing lost the element of Surprise  Planed missed their targets and ended up bombing the city and killing hundreds of civilians.  Japan declared it was forced to take resolute action to bring some sence to the government in Nanjing.  Japan sent fifteen new division troops to north and central China.  Chaing ordered his troops to take Shanghai at all costs, lost.  Failed to penetrate Japanese defensive perimeter  Shelled continuously by Japan, from air, sea, and ground.  250,000 Chinese troops were killed or wounded.  Japan took 40k casualties.  Japanese broke Chinese line by landing at Hangzhou Bay and threatening Shanghai from all sides.  November 11 th  Chinese began to retreat westward.  Horrible order, failed to hold the safe houses and defensive bases they set up beforehand.  Retreated to Nanjing  Nanjing was under the control of Tang Shengzhi, a former warlord and a GMD politician.  Tang had Buddhist spiritual advisor whom he trusted greatly.  Advised Tang to accept the task of directing city’s defenses.  Japanese dropped leaflets to the citizens of Nanjing promising to be nice when if they surrendered. th  December 12 Tang abandoned the city.  He had no plans of evacuation put in place for civilians  Had intended to defend the city until his last breath.  Military and civilian confusing. th  Japanese troops entered the city on Dec 13 .  “Rape of Nanjing”  Very graphic imagery and stats. pg 401-402.  Lasted 7 weeks.  “...Nanjing a period of terror and destruction that must rank among the worst in the history of modern warfare.”  Left the city in ruins and dead bodies were piled everywhere.  Japanese had expected an easy victory with few causalities.  They didn’t get that at all.  Bored, angry, frustrated, tired  War was still undeclared  no clear cut goal or purpose.  All Chinese regardless of sex or age were victims.  Nationalist armies withdrew to the West  Wanted to consolidate in Wuhan  Fighting continued in central China through the first half of 1938  In April 1938 General Li Zongren, one of china’s best generals, lured Japanese forced into a trap and killed as many as 30k combat troops.  Could not sustain the victory and had to retreat  Xuzhou fell to Japanese in May.  Japan advanced to the west to the ancient capital of Kaifeng  Would win them control over some railways  Chaing Kai-shek ordered the dikes of the yellow river to be blown up.  Flooded the entire area  Stalled the Japanese for three months.  Destroyed more than 40k northern Chinese villages  Killed an unknown number of local peasants  End of the summer 1938 the Japanese had assembled the machinery for the final assault on Wuhan.  Fighting lasted five months  Japanese brought reinforcements by rail from the north.  Also by boat down the Yangzi river.  In a position to attack from the south as well.  Might have fallen sooner if not for the pilots from Russia sent by Stalin to help the Nationalists.  Inflicted severe damage to the Japanese Air Force.  By October Wuhan was in ruins.  Chaing Kai-shek fled the city by plane and left many of his troops to lead a retreat.  Japanese took the city on October 25 1938  Four days before Japanese troops landed and took Canton.  Chaing Kai-shek had lost de facto control over the whole of eastern China  Most fertile and industrious area of China. China Divided  In 1938 the area was divided into 10 separate major units  Manchukuov (J)  Inner Mongolia Federation (j)  Northeast China (J)  East-central China (J)  Taiwan (J)  Chongqing (GMD)  Communist base in Shaanxi  Xinjiang (J)  Taiyuan (war lord)  Canton (J)  Xinjiang  Predominantly Muslim  Controlled by an autonomous military governor who sought aid from the Russians and then from the GMD.  Denied both.  Even though china was use to political fragmentation and civil war  This renewed the threat that the pressures of foreign imperialism  China might end up like this permanently.  The fall of Wuhan marked the end of Japan’s first concerted assault of China.  Danger of becoming dangerously overexerted.  Not enough soldiers to effectively control the regions  Japans goal in China  Win extensive natural resources to further industrialization  Expand new order in Asia under Japans cultural leadership  Japanese dream for 40+ years.  Japanese plan to develop new regions like Manchukuo with puppet regimes  Give japan preferential treatment  Anti-communist  Provide puppet troops that would patrol their own territories in Japans name.  Hopes by weakening the Chinese economy and the fabi currency Japan would further undermine what was left of China’s financial stability.  Without a decent financial base nationalists would fall quickly.  Manchukuo underwent rapid industrial and military expansion  Formation of 2 puppet state in Inner Mongolia  Installed through tough Chinese resistance.  Xi’an Incident in 1936 and attack on Shanghai in 1937  Japanese decided to let Mongolian nationalism rise  Something China had always resisted.  Japanese formed a Federated Autonomous Government under the leadership of a Mongol prince  aided by a Japanese supreme advisor. rd  Mid December 1937. Japanese rushed to established 3 puppet regime  Consolidate various governments south of the Wall  Provisional Government of the Republic of China  Japanese installed former Quin dynasty diplomat Wang Krmin  Base in Peking  Worked closely with North China Development Company to develop a wide range of industries:  North China Transportation  Telephone  Telegraph company  Iron and coal mines  Steelworks  Harbor facilities th  When Nanjing fell Japan moved to install a 4 regime in the area for Central China  Liang Hongzui excepted post as president of the new ‘reformed government’  Japan established Central China Development Company  Primary task of reconstructing railways  Also electric power, waterworks, and motor buses  Taiwan was the fifth of these regimes.  Taiwan had been a Japanese colony since 1895  Now supplying it with great amounts of industrial products:  Wood pulp  Chemicals  Cooper  Food stuffs  Air fields, docking facilities, and railways were all expanded  Children were thoroughly indoctrinated with Japanese culture and encouraged to learn Japanese instead of their own languages.  Those who wanted to preserve their freedoms had 2 choices  Joining the Communists  Joining the GMD  Hundreds of thousands made this decision and made the long and dangerous journey to their new homes.  Took machinery and spare parts  Books  Personal belongings  Their own version of the Long March  Many urban Chinese had never seen how the peasants lived in the villages.  Poverty stricken  New customs, languages, and appearance  Most people in north and east china did not flee.  Strength  Resources  Will  Preferred to face uncertain future with Japanese rule  If they left their jobs or land they have no guarantees of finding work


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