Political map of East Asia and the Western Pacific 07 April 1938 (Battle of Tai'erzhuang): Despite the outcry over the fall of Shanghai (Battle of Shanghai) and the Rape of Nanking, the Western powers were not prepared to intervene against Japan. However there was some hope for the Chinese - in April their troops managed their first major victory, defeating the Japanese at Tai'erzhuang (Battle of Taierzhuang) and temporarily preventing the connection of the two Japanese armies.