The Brutally Dark Battle that Changed Everything Before WW2

Military History

After almost 80 days of uninterrupted fighting against the Japanese invaders in August of 1937, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek ordered the retreat of the Chinese National Army from Zhabei and nearby towns to protect the inner suburbs of Shanghai. However, he asked for one battalion of the elite German-trained 88th Chinese Division to remain at the Sihang warehouse to cover the army’s retreat and fend off the advancing Japanese troops. While the battalion only had 414 combat-effective soldiers, the Chinese army planners did not want to show any signs of weakness. Following the principles of Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War,’ the officers lied and told the media they had 800 men ready to fight to their last breath in one glorious last stand that was so brutal it has since been described as “Stalingrad on the Yangtze”…

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