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Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang

1 May 1940 - 18 Jun 1940


ww2dbaseIn 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. On 1 May 1940, four full divisions, two partial divisions, and two independent brigades attacked Yichang under the command of Katsuichiro Enbu with some air cover. The attack force, however, was too small and not well supported in terms of heavy weapons. As a result, General Li Zongren and his Chinese troops repelled the attack by mid-Jun 1940.

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Last Major Update: Oct 2006

Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang Timeline

1 May 1940 Japanese troops began to march toward Yichang, Hubei Province, China.


Chinese soldier throwing a grenade during Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang, May-Jun 1940Troops of 6th Infantry Regiment of Japanese 3rd Division crossing the Bai River north of Yichang, Hubei, China, 8 May 1940Troops of the Japanese 18th Infantry Regiment at the west bank of the Han River, Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang, China, 31 May 1940; note Type 11 light machine gunsChinese troops marching in Hubei Province, China, May-Jun 1940
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Chinese soldier throwing a grenade during Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang, May-Jun 1940
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