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Tango0106 Jul 2017 9:14 p.m. PST

"Xue Yue was a Nationalist general who served with Chiang Kai-Shek since the Northern Expedition of 1926. During the Second World War, he fought in the very first major battle of the war in the massive Battle of Shanghai that involved nearly a million soldiers. However this is not what he should be known for.

The following year, in 1938, the Japanese attacked the city of Wuhan in Hubei province which lies on the Yangtze River. This battle was even larger than that in Shanghai and lasted for 4 months. Here, he encircled and nearly destroyed an entire Japanese division, forcing them to airdrop in hundreds of officers to lead the unit after nearly all of its original ones had been killed. This was the only time the Japanese had to utilize such drastic measures during the war in China.

Still, Xue's greatest feat would begin in 1939, when the nearly unstoppable Japanese military had conquered all of the most populous and modernized areas of China in the Northeast. The gate to the Chinese capital at Chongqing was Hunan province and its capital at Changsha. As a result, the Japanese would focus many of their attacks in this region to hopefully find a way to end the war. However, Xue Yue would successfully lead the defense of Changsha for 5 years until the city finally fell in late summer of 1944…"
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