The Siege of Changchun
() was a siege operation launched by the People's Liberation Army
during the Chinese Civil War
against the city of Changchun
, defended by the Nationalist forces
. The Siege of Changchun was part of the Liaoshen Campaign
, and the fall of Changchun marked the end of the first stage in Liaoshen Campaign.
Beginning on May 23, 1948, the People's Liberation Army
began to encircle the Nationalist defenders in Changchun, while cutting off air transportation. The siege would last for 150 days. The siege ended when the People's Liberation Army entered Changchun after the Nationalist 60th Army and New 7th Army surrendered.Lin Biao
commanded the Communist forces during the siege. Lin had initially proposed to move on Changchun in April, but turned his attention to other cities after investing Changchun. In October, Lin proposed to finally take the city. In response, Mao sent a sarcastic telegram ridiculing him for not having taken the city five months prior, and ordering Lin to take Jinzhou instead.Westad, Odd Arne. Decisive encounters: the Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950
. Stanford University Press, 2003. p. 194.
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