July 7, 1937 CE – Japan Begins an Undeclared War on China

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July 7, 1937 CE – Japan Begins an Undeclared War on ChinaRate this post A mere four decades after the First Sino-Japanese war (and after six years of fighting on and off), the Japanese launched an all-on assault against the Chinese on July 7, 1937 at Marco Polo Bridge. Superior in every way to their counterparts on the mainland, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) soon controlled Beiping and Tianjin, opening up what would become the Pacific Theater in World War II. The Marco Polo Bridge had tremendous strategic value. Sitting on the Yongding River less than ten miles from Beijing, the structure was once praised by the Venetian traveler when […]