The battle of shanghai was the first of the twenty two major engagements fought between the national revolutionary army nra of the republic of china roc and the imperial japanese army ija of the empire of japan at the beginning of the second sino japanese warit was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the entire war described by westerners as stalingrad on the yangtze. The bloody fall of shanghai to the japanese in 1937 led to the rape of nanking and the eventual merger of the sino japanese war into wwii by eric niderost in the 1930s shanghai was in its heyday a teeming metropolis of some 35 million people. The fall of shanghai the splendor and squalor of the imperial city of trade and the 1949 revolution that swept an era away by noel barber oct 1 1979 30 out of 5 stars 1 hardcover more buying choices 275 45 used new offers . The battle of nanking intense fighting in shanghai forced japans army general staff he was convinced that the conquest of the chinese capital city of nanking would provoke the fall of the entire nationalist government of china and thus hand japan a quick and complete victory in its war on china. A penchant perhaps in sinister twilight he detailed the fall of singapore as the last stand of the nationalists and the biggest prize for the advancing communists shanghai and its people lived against the backdrop of the civil war but the daily life of the city was curiously unaffected until the final communist victory
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