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Part 21: Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang

In order to set up a position to assault the Chinese war time capital Chongqing, the Japanese needed a strong position in central China from which they could use as a springboard. The Japanese decided that the location would be the town of Yichang in western Hubei Province. More>>

1. Photo shows the report on the battle from commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group Zhang Zizhong to Chiang Kai-shek on May 5, 1940.

2. Photo shows the telegram from Chiang Kai-shek on timing of operation to Zhang Zizhong, commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group on May 7, 1940.

3. Photo shows the report on the battle from commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group Zhang Zizhong to Chiang Kai-shek on May 8, 1940.

4. Photo shows the telegram from Zhang Zizhong, commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group, on personally attending the battle to Chiang Kai-shek, May 9, 1940.

5. Photo shows the telegram on the battle from commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group, Zhang Zizhong, to Chiang Kai-shek on May 14, 1940.

6. Photo shows the report about Zhang Zizhong’s death in combat from chief of staff of the 33rd Army Group, Li Wentian, to Minister of Military Operations Xu Yongchang, May 19, 1940.

7. Photo shows military maps of the Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang.

8. General Zhang Zizhong, commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group, died in the Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang.

9. Photo shows a farewell letter from Zhang Zizhong to Feng Chih-an, deputy commander in chief, before he went to the front in western Hubei.

1. Photo shows the report on the battle from commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group Zhang Zizhong to Chiang Kai-shek on May 5, 1940.

2014-09-28 13:08 By: GMW.cn 

1. Photo shows the report on the battle from commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group Zhang Zizhong to Chiang Kai-shek on May 5, 1940.

1. Photo shows the report on the battle from commander in chief of the 33rd Army Group Zhang Zizhong to Chiang Kai-shek on May 5, 1940. (Photo provided by Second Historical Archives of China)

[Editor:Fanhua]