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Swatow

Swatow (Shantou; 116.700E 23.367N) was opened as a treaty port to the British by China in 1858. As a result, Swatow had fairly extensive port facilities for coastal traffic, capable of unloading 30 ships a week, and the town had one of the few automatic phone systems in China.

Swatow had a sizeable civilian Japanese population, which was evacuated starting on 12 August 1937. The pot was captured by the Japanese in June 1939. It was bombed by B-29s on 14 October 1944 in support of the Leyte operation, and again on 15-16 January 1945 by carrier aircraft.

References

Craven and Cate (1983; accessed 2010-10-16)

Frank and Saw (1968; accesed 2010-10-16)

Kehn (2008)

Wikipedia: Shantou


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