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14 Dec 1937 China
  • Japanese 9th Division began to conduct mop up operations in secured areas of Nanjing, China, occupying, among other buildings, the National Central Hospital. Nearby, at Xianhe Gate and Yaohua Gate of the city wall north of Zijin Mountain, 38th Company of the Japanese 16th Division killed 7,200 Chinese people, military and civilian, during mop up operations; those who were able to flee claimed that some sections of the moat were filled with dead bodies. Near Xuanwu Gate, troops of the Japanese 16th Division executed 500 Chinese civilians. Second Lieutenant Nakamura of the 6th Cavalry Company of the Japanese 6th Division executed 300 prisoners of war. As reported by the International Committee later, Japanese troops entered civilian homes in Nanjing and raped or took away women. ww2dbase [Battle of Nanjing and the Rape of Nanjing | Nanjing | CPC]
  • Kaga arrived off Guangdong Province, China. ww2dbase [Kaga | Guangdong | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 14 Dec 1937
Head of a Chinese man who was decapitated by Japanese placed on a barricade near Nanjing, China, 14 Dec 1937Japanese troops ordering Chinese civilians out of an air raid shelter, Nanjing, China, 14 Dec 1937

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

Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Foreign Minister, Aug 1939