Battle of Shanghai

Second Sino-Japanese War

East Asia 1937.0823

Battle of Shanghai

Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan-China War, Rape of Nanking (23 August 1937)

Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific

For the month following the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, it appeared fighting between Japan and China would be restricted to the north. Then, in August, a Japanese officer was shot by Chinese troops in Shanghai and the war suddenly expanded. Peace negotiations collapsed as almost a million Chinese and Japanese troops poured into Shanghai and a battle which would rage for over three months.

Main Events

Japanese take Beiping and Tianjin

Oyama Incident

Japanese Naval Officer shot in Shanghai

Battle of Shanghai between Japan and Nationalist China

Japanese begin bombing of Nanjing and cities of central China

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