Today in history: January 23

Historical Atlas of East Asia 1949: Communist Victory in Northern China

East Asia 1949

Communist Victory in Northern China

In China, the uneasy truce between Nationalists and Communists had collapsed in mid-1946. Things started well for the superior Nationalist forces, but their focus on taking cities, and ignoring control of the countryside, left them overextended. By late 1948, the Communists were ready for their own major offensives, isolating and destroying the Nationalist armies in Manchuria, central China and north China.

 

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