Battle of Wanjialing, 1938

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Battle of Wanjialing, 1938

Post by BobTheBarbarian » 04 Jul 2018 05:10

Hi,
I'm looking for information on the Battle of Wanjialing from the Chinese side. Does anyone have any data on the order of battle for the KMT/United Front army, the commanders involved, and the progress of operations from August through October 1938? Supposedly the battle resulted in the near destruction of two Japanese divisions, but there is almost nothing available about it in the west.

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Re: Battle of Wanjialing, 1938

Post by Stephen_Rynerson » 16 Aug 2018 04:26

BobTheBarbarian wrote:
04 Jul 2018 05:10
Hi,
I'm looking for information on the Battle of Wanjialing from the Chinese side. Does anyone have any data on the order of battle for the KMT/United Front army, the commanders involved, and the progress of operations from August through October 1938? Supposedly the battle resulted in the near destruction of two Japanese divisions, but there is almost nothing available about it in the west.
Bob, I would recommend cross-referencing the Wikipedia article on the battle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Wanjialing) with Chart 25 on pages 237-38 of History of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) by Hsu Long-hsuen and Chang Ming-kai (keeping in mind that "army" = route army and "corps" = army in the book) and the description of the battle on pages 243-244. Wuhan, 1938: War, Refugees, and the Making of Modern China by Stephen R. MacKinnon also has a brief summary of the battle on page 40 (unfortunately all the cited sources for that summary are in Chinese). For further research, I'd recommend also looking for references to "Wan-chia-ling," which is the Wade-Giles transliteration of Wanjialing. It's the spelling used in the Hsu & Chang book and would also likely be used in Western sources prior to the 1980s.

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