the Long March. It’s the CCP! Catch them and kill them!!!. The 5 th Campaign. The fifth campaign began in Autumn 1933, and this time with a new method of exterminating the Communists. Chiang Kai Shek. General Hans von Seeckt.
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It’s the CCP! Catch them and kill them!!!
The fifth campaign began in Autumn 1933, and this time with a new method of exterminating the Communists.
Chiang Kai Shek
General Hans von Seeckt
All of my extermination campaigns have failed… We should try again with the same method!
Hmm… Why don’t we try a new method this time? We can surround the Jiangxi Soviet and build blockhouses.
First GMD attack on CCP.
In 3 days they got Lichuan.
Xiaoshi was handed to the GMD, because of the CCP failing to attempt to take Xiaoshi themselves.
CCP attack on fortifications.
CCP with heavy casualties, after failing again.
11th December 1933 GMD attack again.
Loss of CCP again.
CCP lose more land because they are attacked by the Nationalists and Warlords.
They get squeezed into a smaller region.
10th April 1934 GMD attack again.
11 divisions of GMD VS9 divisions of CCP
GMD win again, and CCP lose more land.
27th April GMD last attack on Guangchang.
GMD succeed. 5500 casualties of CCP defenders.
Remaining Communists flee to the South & West.
GMD attack again on the CCP, and take more land from them. (North of Yiqian)
By late September 1934, CCP is left with only 7 towns.
By October 1934
The CCP lost over half their territory
There were 60,000 casualties in the Red Army.
Disagreement between the two
Mao Ze Dong
Fighting against the GMD head-on is better than the Red Army retreating and allowing peasants in these areas to be captured and killed. Mao’s tactics are POLITICALLY WRONG!
The Russian leaders from the Jiangxi Soviet helped Otto Braun win his new tactics over Mao’s, and eventually Mao was expelled from the Party’s Central Committee.
Otto Braun’s new tactics were not so successful.
Instead of heading straight like they used to, they twisted and turned, split into groups and reformed so that the GMD now wouldn’t be able to predict their movements.
In order to cross the Dadu River the CCP had to capture the Luting Bridge. The Luting bridge was a suspension bridge held up by 13 iron chains.
22 brave soldiers swung across the Dadu river to the other end by using the iron chains while under machine gun fire.
The Red Army was also attacked by hostile Tibetans and Warlords who feared of the Red Army taking over their territory.
The communist who survived the long march were filled with a renewed sense of hope. Most of the communist principles were born on the long march, for example their opinions on unending struggle and how they believed that they were unfairly targeted, their unselfishness and how they were fighting for the peasants and their heroic sacrifices for the people. The power struggles within the party all fell to Mao, because in the view of the common workers of the party, Mao had saved them from total annihilation.
Those who survived believed that through some divine intervention they were chosen to carry on the legacy of communism, so due to these factors on general the communists believed that the long march was worth all the toil, and along the way they were able to successfully spread the ideals of communism to the workers and the peasants. Survival was now a viable option, so in their opinion the long march was a success.
‘The Red Army fears not the trials of the March, Holding light ten thousand crags and torrents. The Five Ridges wind like gentle ripples And the majestic Wumeng roll by, globules of clay. Warm the steep cliffs lapped by the waters of Golden Sand, Cold the iron chains spanning the Dadu River. Minshan's thousand li of snow joyously crossed, The three Armies march on, each face glowing.’
Some historians, even Chinese ones, consider the Long March to be a legend, similar to that of America’s Valley Forge.
Most Taiwanese historians believe that the long march is just a great retreat of the communists as they were pushed to extinction by the GMD.
There are many that believe that the Long March was a defining moment in China’s history, and a defining moment in Mao’s career.
“…Mao was a genius. He saw the propaganda value of the Long March -- for the party and his own legacy," said Edmund Jocelyn, coauthor of the 2006 book "The Long March."
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