Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang

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Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang
Part of Second Sino-Japanese War
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Japanese troops in the battle of Zaoyang-Yichang.
Date 1 May – 18 June 1940
Location Vicinities of Zaoyang and Yichang, Hubei
Result Chinese victory
Belligerents
Taiwan National Revolutionary Army, Republic of China 5th theatre Japan Imperial Japanese Army, Imperial Japan
Commanders and leaders
Taiwan Li Zongren Japan Waichiro Sonobe
Strength
2nd, 11th, 22nd, 29th, 31st, 33rd Army Groups, 2nd, New 12th, 18th, 39th, 75th Corps, Eastern Hupei Guerilla Force 3rd, 4th, 13th, 39th Divisions, 2 partial Divisions (6th, 40th), 14th and 18th Independent Mixed Brigades, 3rd Flight group
Casualties and losses
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The Battle of Zaoyang–Yichang (simplified Chinese: 枣宜会战; traditional Chinese: 棗宜會戰; pinyin: Zǎoyí Huìzhàn), also known as the Battle of Zaoyi was one of the 22 major engagements between the National Revolutionary Army and Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Background

The Japanese were seeking a quicker solution to achieve a Chinese surrender. The Japanese contemplated moving directly down the Yangtze to the relocated Chinese capital, Chongqing. To do so, they would need to capture a critical town in western Hubei province, Yichang.

The Japanese attack did not commit many troops or materiel, which enabled the main Chinese commander, Li Zongren, who had frustrated the Japanese before, to repel the Japanese.

Battle

On first May, the Japanese forces began a drive towards Zaoyang. They pushed towards the 5th War Zone's strongholds in the Tongbaishan and Dahongshan mountains, attempting to draw the Chinese forces into a battle and destroy them with a pincer movement. The Chinese strategy aimed to let the Japanese forces run low on supplies, and then destroy them.

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