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Battle of South Guangxi
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War
Date 15 November 1939 – 30 November 1940
Location South Guangxi
Result Chinese victory
 Republic of China  Empire of Japan
Republic of China Bai Chongxi,
Republic of China Zhang Fakui
Japan Seiichi Kuno
150,000 men, initially only 2 weak army groups, reinforced by 2 army groups, including 200th Division (only mechanized force in NRA) 50.000 men, 5th Division, 18th Division(partial), Guards Mixed Brigade, Taiwan Mixed Brigade
Casualties and losses
9,000 men ~8,100 killed

The Battle of South Guangxi (simplified Chinese: 桂南会战traditional Chinese: 桂南會戰pinyin: Guìnán Huìzhàn), was one of the 22 major engagements between the National Revolutionary Army and Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

In November 1939, the Japanese landed on the coast of Guangxi and captured Nanning. In this battle, the Japanese successfully cut off Chongqing from the ocean, effectively severing foreign aid to China's war efforts by the sea, rendering Indochina, Burma Road and The Hump as the only way to send aid to China.

The Chinese were able to launch several major offensives that maximized Japanese casualties. Majority of the conflicts occurred in the contention for Kunlun Pass. With the success of the Vietnam Expedition in September 1940, the Japanese were able to cut off China except over the Burma Road and The Hump without the costly necessity of occupying Guangxi. By November 1940, Japanese forces had evacuated from Guangxi.

Order of battle

See Order of Battle for Battle of South Guangxi


  • Hsu Long-hsuen and Chang Ming-kai, History of The Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) 2nd Ed. ,1971. Translated by Wen Ha-hsiung, Chung Wu Publishing; 33, 140th Lane, Tung-hwa Street, Taipei, Taiwan Republic of China. Pg. 311-318, Pg. 325-327,
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, China 1:250,000, Series L500, U.S. Army Map Service, 1954- . Topographic Maps of China during the Second World War.
    • These two maps cover the area where most of the fighing went on in the Guangxi campaign:
    • Lai-Pin nf49-1, has the Kunlun Pass just above where the road from Nanning enters the map:
    • Nanning nf49-5

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