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.