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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2018 12:22 p.m. PST

"The Japanese drive to become a great power required the domination of China. They defeated the Chinese in war in the 1890s and took away Korea. They soon infiltrated Manchuria, which had rich reserves of coal and other minerals, and began to build up industry there. In 1931 they took over Manchuria altogether, before expanding south.

A key moment came in 1937. Under agreements going back to the beginning of the century countries with legations in China had the right to keep troops there in modest numbers for protection. Small numbers of both Japanese and Chinese soldiers were stationed near what in the West was called the Marco Polo Bridge, because the explorer had seen and described its predecessor, near the town of Wanping outside Beijing.

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"The Marco Polo Bridge Incident took place on July 79, 1937. The Bridge, located in Beijing, was right on the border between the Empire of Japan and China. Since it was a period of high tension, the buffer zone was being occupied by both Japanese and Chinese troops. After unplanned night maneuvers by the Japanese on the night of the 7th, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. After the fire ceased, Private Shimura Kikujiro, of the Japanese Army, failed to return to his post.

After the Chinese allowed a search for Kikujiro, the Japanese, thinking the private had been captured and looking for any excuse, attacked the Chinese positions during the early morning hours of July 8. Both sides took numerous casualties. This battle eventually resulted in the Second Sino-Japanese War, which itself eventually blended into World War II. Private Shimura returned to his position later that day, bewildered at the claims that he'd been captured and saying that he'd become lost after going to the toilet in a secluded spot…."
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John Secker Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

So in summary, the Second World War was a mistake, caused by a Japanese soldier with the runs.

zoneofcontrol13 Mar 2018 6:36 p.m. PST

And thus was invented the Buttskrieg. Basically, a flanking maneuver to sneak up on the enemy's rear and drop a lot of "ordnance". If you're lucky, you might even catch them with their pants down and really blow the crap out of them.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2018 2:24 a.m. PST

Zone I desire to wipe your last post and flush it.

Legion 414 Mar 2018 8:10 a.m. PST

huh?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

(smile)

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