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Chinese Battlefield in WWII series: Lugou Bridge Incident


07-07-2015 12:38 BJT

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July 7th, 1937 is an important date in the eastern battlefield of WWII. That's because from then on, China launched full scale war against Japanese invaders.

In this episode of Chinese Battlefield in WWII, we look back at the Lugou Bridge incident, which marked the beginning of a full scale war between China and Japan.

Along the Yongding River in southwest Beijing, there lies a picturesque Lugou Bridge – also better known as the Marco Polo Bridge.

Today, this marvelous structure, with hundreds of unique stone lions from different eras lining it, attracts tourists from all over the country. However, the bridge is much more than just a scenic spot – it is a space where history comes alive.

On the evening of July 7th, 1937, the Japanese military had sent a message to the Chinese army asking to cross the Lugou Bridge to enter a small town named Wanping to search for a missing soldier.

However, the Chinese military refused to give them permission. Denied passage, a unit of the Japanese infantry sought to breach Chinese defenses at Wanping, but was met with strong resistance.

Early the next morning, the Japanese army began to attack bridge, which was the only passage to the town. The Chinese army was forced to fight back, and with the help of reinforcements it was able to hold the bridge.

However, that encounter marked the beginning of what was to be a long and brutal conflict along the eastern battlefield of World War Two.

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