10 May 1938

China
  • Japanese 5th Fleet under the command of Admiral Koichi Shiozawa arrived the port city of Xiamen, China, delivering 2,000 Special Naval Landing Force troops near Fort Baishi, but outside of the range of the Chinese coastal guns. Chinese troops abandoned the fort. ww2dbase [Battle of Xiamen | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
  • Tenryu provided naval gunfire support for the amphibious assault at Xiamen, China. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
11 May 1938

China
12 May 1938

China
  • During the night, Chinese troops abandoned Xiamen, China for nearby Songyu; thousands of civilians attempted to evacuate the city, 60,000 of whom would make their way to Gulangyu island, which was an international zone. Shortly after the departure of the Chinese troops, Japanese Special Naval Landing Force troops would arrive to capture the city; they would later be relieved by Jinmen Garrision of the Japanese 1st Garrison Unit. ww2dbase [Battle of Xiamen | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
21 Oct 1938

China
  • Before dawn, HMS Birmingham sailed along the coast of Gulangyu island, an international zone, near Xiamen, China. At 0800 hours, she sailed into Xiamen harbor between four columns of Japanese war ships by surprise; Birmingham's crew was able to take photographs of classified Japanese naval equipment such as fire controls and radar antennae before the Japanese crew was able to cover them up. At 1100 hours, Birmingham set sail for Hong Kong. ww2dbase [Birmingham | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
  • Kirishima launched a E8N1 Type 95 floatplane and photographed HMS Birmingham off Xiamen, China. ww2dbase [Kirishima | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 21 Oct 1938
Battleship Kongo off Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, 21 Oct 1938; seen from destroyer USS Pillsbury
11 May 1939

China
  • A Chinese man shot a Japanese citizen on Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China, giving the Japanese to dispatch a Special Naval Landing Force detachment near Gulangyu. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
13 May 1939

China
  • American destroyer USS Bulmer arrived at Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China in response to the arrival of a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force detachment nearby. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
16 May 1939

China
  • HMS Birmingham arrived at Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China in response to the arrival of a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force detachment nearby. She disembarked a contingent of sailors and marines. ww2dbase [Birmingham | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
  • USS Marblehead arrived at Gulangyu island, an international settlement off Xiamen, China in response to the arrival of a Japanese Special Naval Landing Force detachment nearby. She disembarked a contingent of US Marines. ww2dbase [Marblehead | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
22 May 1939

China
  • Myoko, flagship of Vice Admiral Koichi Shiozawa of Japanese Navy 5th Fleet, arrived in Xiamen, China in response to recent British, French, and American troop arrivals in the international zone. ww2dbase [Myoko | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
26 May 1939

China
  • HMS Birmingham departed Xiamen, China with Vice Admiral Percy Noble aboard. ww2dbase [Birmingham | Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
18 Oct 1939

China
  • Representatives from Britain, Japan, and the United States reached an agreement regarding to the presence of troops of all three powers in and near the Gulangyu island international zone near Xiamen, China since May 1939; all three pledged to withdraw troops from the international zone and to suppress anti-Japanese activities in the international zone. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
22 Mar 1940

China
  • American gunboat USS Asheville arrived at Gulangyu island, an international zone, near Xiamen, China. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
22 Mar 1945

China
  • American war correspondent Clarence Beliel, commonly known by the name of Don Bell, was shot down over Xiamen Harbor, China while flying in a PB4Y2 Privateer aircraft. He and other survivors, including pilot Jim Evans, were helped by pirates under the control of Chang Yizhou, who was under the employment of Chinese Army intelligence chief General Dai Li, posing as civilian fishermen. The Americans later recuperated at US Navy's SACO Camp No. 6. ww2dbase [Xiamen, Fujian | CPC]
18 Aug 1949

China

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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