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“Bombs and Shells Pave Way for Japan’s Steamroller,” Ottawa Citizen. October 26, 1938. Page 11.

Slowly, but surely, the steamroller of Japan’s modern military might forced its way against stubborn Chinese resistance toward Hankow, vital point in North China’s defences. And its way was smoothed by the levelling effect of terrific barrages from field guns and airplanes. In the photo above, Japanese soldiers wait patiently beside their battleflags while the aerial and artillery bombardment on the Chinese defences in the background paved the way for their advance. This dramatic demonstration of modern military tactics was snapped during an attack on Wuhsueh, Yangtse river town near Hankow.

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“Japanese troops harried by guerillas,” Montreal Gazette, August 15, 1938. Page 4.

“Japanese soldiers of a transport unit carrying supplies to the armies moving toward China’s provisional capital, find shelter among their trucks as they are attacked by Chinese irregulars.”

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“Les Femmes Des Cavernes,” Photo-Journal. May 15, 1938. Page 26.

“In order to sweep the enemy from their country, this young Chinese Communist and her 200 companions have sworn to kill Japanese whenever the opportunity presents itself.  The students’ school, near Yenan, is comprised of 170 caves dug into the flank of a mountain.  These serve them as classrooms and as dormitories.  Since the foundation of this strange club, over 2000 men and women have joined these women.”

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“The photo shows Chinese soldiers firing modern machine guns from a trench in one of the recent engagements with Japanese troops,” Kingston Whig-Standard.  March 15, 1933. Page 03.

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“Jap War Machine Rolls Over Another Chinese Province,” Toronto Star. March 2, 1933. Page 02.

“Jehol has fallen.  Weakened by the surrender of a trusted general and 200,000 of his troops, the Chinese army broke and fled to-day before invading Japanese armies which struck their lines at three points.  One band of 700 volunteers attempting to defend their village between Chihfeng and Jehol city was annihilated as the Japanese war machine pushed toward the capital.  Though scattered groups such as this continue to cling desperately to their homes, the main Chinese army is in rout toward the west and south  High Chinese officials are frantically endeavouring to persuade the fleeing armies to make another stand, since their defection leaves open the road to Peiping.  High authority in China has maintained throughout the present offensive that the Japanese seek Jehol only as a jumping-off place to attack China proper.”

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“General Ho Chu-kuo [He Zhuguo] (left), garrison defence commander of the Shanhaikwan-Yungpinfi districts and commander of the independent Ninth Infantry Brigade, as he appeared with aides at the battlefield looking over a war map.” Kingston Whig-Standard, February 23, 1933. 

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“La résistance chinoise étonne les Japonais,” Photo-Journal. November 25, 1937. Page 15.

Scenes of the Sino-Japanese war, showing Japanese soldiers in action amongst the ruins they have made.

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