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Soochow

Soochow (Suzhou; 120.603E 31.296N) is a city and communications junction west of Shanghai in eastern China.

The city was to be the anchor of a new defense line following the Japanese breakout from Shanghai in November 1937, but it proved impossible for Chinese commanders to regain control of their routed and panic-stricken troops, and the city fell without a fight on 19 November. According to the Tokyo Military Tribunal, the occupying Japanese then massacred a number of civilians.

The city remained in Japanese hands through the remainder of the Pacific War.

Rail connections

Changchow

Shanghai


References

Hsiung and Levine (1992)

IMTFE Judgement (1948; accessed 2011-7-1)


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