The Battle of China

United States, 1944

TV show
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Episode number 6 of Series “Why we fight”.
An intriguing story which explores China’s 4000 year historical culture, it’s vast and rich lands, and its most abundant asset - human manpower. Japan’s total commitment to conquer, rule and utilise China’s resources, in order to control Asia, begins with a rebel ring which masks Japan’s Royalty. The psychological mesmerising of the masses, and Japan’s invasion of the world’s longest surviving civilisation, culminates in the terrifying aspects which may have altered the world history forever. Recalls Chinese development of the compass, printing, astronomy, gunpowder and porcelain.



Frank Capra

production company

United States. War Dept.






Black and White

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Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - China

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Japan


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

History → China - History - 20th century

History → History

History → Japan - History - 1912-1945


Television → Television programs

Television → Television programs → Television programs - United States

Television → Television series




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