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Battle of Jinzhou

21 Dec 1931 - 3 Jan 1932


ww2dbaseIn late Nov 1931, Commander-in-Chief of the Kwantung Army General Shigeru Honjo launched a new offensive out of recently conquered Mukden, northeastern China (also known by its historical name of Manchuria) toward Jinzhou (Postal Map: Chinchow). When the spearheads of the 10,000-strong force reached within 30 kilometers of Jinzhou, Honjo halted the advance; it was the result of negotiations between Japan and the representatives of the League of Nations. The discussion would result in failure, and additional troops were moved to northeastern China for a renewed attack, which began on 21 Dec. The Japanese met resistance at the town of Goubangzi 50 kilometers north of Jinzhou, but was able to wipe out the defenses. By 31 Dec, Japanese spearheads reached the Taling River about 15 kilometers north of Jinzhou. While the Japanese paused briefly to prepare for an attack on Jinzhou, Chinese forces evacuated overnight. Japanese forces captured Jinzhou on 3 Jan 1932 with minimal opposition.

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Last Major Update: Jun 2012


A Japanese observation post, circa winter 1931-1932; note armored car in foregroundJapanese troops drilling in a snow storm, circa winter 1931-1932

Battle of Jinzhou Timeline

21 Dec 1931 Japanese Kwantung Army launched an offensive from Mukden toward Jinzhou in Liaoning Province, China.
31 Dec 1931 Japanese troops reached the Taling River en route toward Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, China.
3 Jan 1932 Japanese troops captured Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, China.
4 Jan 1932 Japanese troops captured Shanhai Gate of the Great Wall in Hebei Province, China.
7 Jan 1932 The United States criticized the Japanese aggression against China.

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A Japanese observation post, circa winter 1931-1932; note armored car in foregroundJapanese troops drilling in a snow storm, circa winter 1931-1932

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