Chinese armies in the Second Sino-Japanese War

Chinese Armies In The Second Sino-Japanese War

Chinese armies in the Second Sino-Japanese War

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The Second Sino-Japanese War was fought between the Chinese and Japanese armies, mostly on Chinese soil, during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Western historians generally view the Second Sino-Japanese War as a theater of World War II. During this war, the Chinese Army had two severe handicaps. First, the Chinese army was ill-equipped, with significantly less advanced military technology than the Japanese and its allies. Second, the Chinese army lacked political unity. Because the Guomindang and the Chinese Communist Party had not reconciled before 1937, when Japanese troops invaded Chinese territory, these two groups were forced to paper over important differences for the duration of the war, occasionally leading them to destructively hinder each other's efforts to defeat the Japanese.

Degree of success

Early stages of the war

Despite these handicaps, the Chinese Army were moderately successful in the early stages of the war. They repulsed the Japanese army's tentative offensive in Shandong, Hebei and Shanghai, causing Japanese forces heavy losses. The second battle of Shanghai almost ended similarly, but Japanese reinforcements arrived. While defending Nanjing, Chinese infantry forces with very little equipment destroyed the notorious Japanese Army Special Forces units "Shikaya" and "Kisarazu". During the battle of Suzhou, the Japanese 2nd Corps suffered some 30,000 casualties. Finally, in the battle of Wuhan, 100...
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