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Shanghai 1937 : Stalingrad on the Yangtze

Author: Peter Harmsen, (Journalist)
Publisher: Philadelphia ; Oxford : Casemate Publishers, 2015. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This deeply researched book describes one of the great forgotten battles of the 20th century. At its height it involved nearly a million Chinese and Japanese soldiers while sucking in three million civilians as unwilling spectators and victims. It turned what had been a Japanese adventure in China into a general war between the two oldest and proudest civilizations of the Far East. Ultimately, it led to Pearl Harbor  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Harmsen, (Journalist)
ISBN: 1612003095 9781612003092 9781612001678 161200167X
OCLC Number: 898052221
Description: 310 pages : illustrations, photographs, plates ; 23 cm
Contents: Three corpses --
"Black Saturday" --
Flesh against Steel --
"Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!" --
Rivers of Blood --
Verdun of the East --
The "Lost Battalion" --
Collapse --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: by Peter Harmsen.

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