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18 Feb 1938

  • Japanese Army and Navy aircraft began a 6-month-long aerial bombardment campaign against the Chinese temporary capital city of Chongqing. ww2dbase [Bombing of Shanghai, Chongqing, and other Cities | CPC]
  • The Nanjing Safety Zone International Committee was renamed the Nanjing International Rescue Committee. ww2dbase [Battle of Nanjing and the Rape of Nanjing | CPC]
  • Liu Zhesheng, flying an I-16 fighter, shot down two Japanese A5M fighters near Hankou, Hubei Province, China; both victories were shared with fellow pilots. ww2dbase [Liu Zhesheng | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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"We no longer demand anything, we want war."

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939