China Fights Back: An American Woman with the Eighth Route Army

China Fights Back: An American Woman with the Eighth Route Army

China Fights Back: An American Woman with the Eighth Route Army

China Fights Back: An American Woman with the Eighth Route Army

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The war of the Chinese people against the Japanese invaders is the fight of one-fifth of the human race for national independence--for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is also a war in which hungry, half-armed Chinese farmers hold the front lines of mankind's forward progress, for you and for me, against an imperialism which threatens Asia, America, the peace of the world.

The Chinese Eighth Route Army, with which Agnes Smedley traveled, is important in this war not alone because it is the reorganized Red Army led by Communists, though that fact shows the new unity of China, bringing under one banner armies that have fought each other for the past ten years. It is important because it brings to China's war of resistance certain methods which are being increasingly adopted by the rest of the Chinese armies--and the Chinese Government-- in order to win success. Close cooperation with the Chinese rural population, quick response to their needs and an effective technique for arousing and organizing them against the invader are the chief guarantee of China's ultimate victory against the superior armaments of Japan. More than that, they . . .

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