Nanjing Incident

Nanjing Incident

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This event should not be confused with the Rape of Nanking in 1937.

The Nanjing Incident, or Nanking Incident, (), occurred in March of 1927 during the capture of the city by Communistforces from the Nationalists. Warships bombarded Nanjing in defense of the foreign citizens within the city. Several ships were involved in the engagement, including vessels from the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands and France. marines and sailors were also landed for rescue operations. Both Chinese Nationalist and Communist forces were hostile to the foreign navies or their citizens during the event.


Nanking in 1927 was a treaty port located on the southern shores of the Yangtze River, a large waterway that separates northern and southern China. Because the foreign interests in China were largely American and European, squadrons of foreign naval vessels were stationed in the Yangtze to protect their citizens doing business at the treaty ports. The United Kingdom's Royal Navy operated the China Station under Rear Admiral Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt and the United States Navy the Yangtze Patrol, both lasted for around eighty years until World War II. Conflict in China had been the same for years, since the beginning of the Warlord era, rebels from the south and communists in the north fought a long war which finally ended in 1949 with the Nationalist withdrawal from the mainland to Taiwan. The 1920's were some of the...
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