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Battle of Suixian-Zaoyang
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War
Suizao battle 2.jpg
NRA troops in an attack
Date 20 Apr 1939 – 24 May 1939
Location Vicinities of Suizhou and Zaoyang, Hubei
Result Chinese victory
Belligerents
Republic of China National Revolutionary Army, China Japan Imperial Japanese Army, Japan
Commanders
Republic of China Li Zongren Japan Yasuji Okamura
Strength
2 Armies: Right Flank Army(29th and 33rd Army Groups), Left Flank Army (11th Army Group), 4 other Army Groups: 31st, 21st, 2nd, and 22nd Army Groups, and a River Defense Force. 100,000 troops in 3 divisions: 3rd, 13th and 16th and the 4th Cavalry

Brigade.

Casualties and losses
9,000 men 13,000 men

The Battle of Suixian-Zaoyang (simplified Chinese: 随枣会战traditional Chinese: 隨棗會戰pinyin: Suízǎo Huìzhàn), also known as the Battle of Suizao was one of the 22 major engagements between the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) and Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Near the end of April, 1939, to secure their gains after the Battle of Wuhan, 4 divisions from the IJA launched two simultaneous attacks on the cities of Suizhou and Zaoyang, along the Xiangyang-Huayuan Highway and Jingshan-Zhongxiang Highway respectively. The bulk of the NRA 5th Military Region was defending the area. In early May the armies clashed along the roads, but the NRA was forced to retreat on 7 May 1939. Suizhou and Zaoyang both fell on the same day. On the 8th the Japanese force advanded further south, and the commander-in-chief of the 5th Theatre, Li Zongren, deployed two army groups, the 31st Army Group from the 5th Theatre, and the 2nd Army Group from the 1st Theatre, to attack the IJA army from the rear. A full-scale assault was launched on the 15th, and after 3 days of intense fighting the IJA began to retreat. On the 19th Zaoyang was retaken; Suixian was retaken 23 May. The IJA failed to achieve its objective and the battle ended in Chinese victory, with Chinese casualties of 9,000, and Japanese casualties of 13,000.

Gallery

Street fighting in the cities.

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