Battle of Taiyuan

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Battle of Taiyuan
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War
DateSeptember 1 – November 9, 1937
Result Japanese victory

Flag of the Republic of China.svg Republic of China

Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Japan

Commanders and leaders
Flag of the Republic of China Army.svg Yan Xishan
Flag of the Republic of China Army.svg Wei Lihuang
Flag of the Chinese Communist Party (Pre-1996).svg Zhu De
Flag of the Republic of China Army.svg Fu Zuoyi
War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Isogai Rensuke
War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Itagaki Seishiro
Flag of the Mengjiang.svg Demchugdongrub
Units involved
6 Army Groups, ~580,000 men 5 divisions, ~140,000 men
Casualties and losses
~100,000 ~30,000

The Japanese offensive called 太原作戦 or the Battle of Taiyuan (Chinese :太原會戰; pinyin :Tàiyuán Huìzhàn; Wade–Giles :T'ai-yüan Hui-tsan) was a major battle fought between China and Japan named for Taiyuan (the capital of Shanxi province), which lay in the 2nd Military Region. This battle concluded in loss for the NRA, including part of Suiyuan, most of Shanxi and their most modern arsenal at Taiyuan and effectively ended large-scale regular resistance in the North China area.

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With these territories occupied, the Japanese obtained the coal supply in nearby Datong, but it also exposed them to attacks by the guerrilla forces of the Nationalist army including the Eighth Route Army, tying down a large number of Japanese troops which could have been diverted to other campaigns.

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Eighth Route Army

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In September 1937, Hideki Tojo sent the Japanese army stationed in Chahar to invade Shanxi in order to exploit its resources. The city of Datong fell, and the NRA was forced to go on the defensive, and concentrated their troops along the Great Wall in battles at places like Pingxingguan and to the east at in Niangziguan.

Hideki Tojo former Prime Minister of Japan and Minister of War executed in 1948

Hideki Tojo was a Japanese statesman and general of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA), the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941, to July 22, 1944. He is best known for his actions as Prime Minister during the war, such as being responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor and many war actions, which initiated war between Japan and the United States, although planning for it had begun in April 1941, before he entered office. After the end of the war, Tojo was arrested, condemned and sentenced to death for war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and hanged on December 23, 1948.

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Chahar, also known as Chaha'er, Chakhar, or Qahar, was a province of the Republic of China in existence from 1912 to 1936, mostly covering territory in what is part of eastern Inner Mongolia. It was named after the Chahar Mongolians.

Shanxi Province

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Yan Xishan also sent troops to reinforce Shijiazhuang, but that caused a lack of personnel to defend the North China area, allowing the Japanese army to break through in the north forcing the Chinese to fall back to a new line at Xinkou. Fighting continued in October in the Battle of Xinkou until the Japanese outflanked Niangziguan in late October, compromising the Chinese defense resulting in the fall of Taiyuan.

Yan Xishan Chinese general

Yan XishanIPA: [jɛ̌n ɕǐʂán]; 8 October 1883 – 22 July 1960) was a Chinese warlord who served in the government of the Republic of China. He effectively controlled the province of Shanxi from the 1911 Xinhai Revolution to the 1949 Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. As the leader of a relatively small, poor, remote province, he survived the machinations of Yuan Shikai, the Warlord Era, the Nationalist Era, the Japanese invasion of China and the subsequent civil war, being forced from office only when the Nationalist armies with which he was aligned had completely lost control of the Chinese mainland, isolating Shanxi from any source of economic or military supply. He has been viewed by Western biographers as a transitional figure who advocated using Western technology to protect Chinese traditions, while at the same time reforming older political, social and economic conditions in a way that paved the way for the radical changes that would occur after his rule.

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