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 Chinese 29th Infantry  Marco Polo Bridge Incident

* Soldier Story S1 Male Body * Hands x3 * MK2 Helmet (Metal) * Zhong San Uniform * Rice Bag * Cloth Shoes w/ Wrap Around Legging * Grenade Bag * Ammo Pouch * Water Canteen * Misc Bag * Chiang Kai-Shek (Zhong Zhen) Rifle * 2 Clips of Metal Bullets * Bayonet (Plastic) * Chinese Fighting Sword (Metal) & Leather Cover * 2 Grenades

Bridge section included, shown below

Incident at the (Marco Polo Bridge) because the bridge was believed to be described in the works of Marco Polo, is located in Fengtai, a suburb south of Beijing. It straddles the Yongding River was the choke point of the Pinghan Railway (Beijing-Wuhan), and guarded the only passage linking Beijing to Kuomintang-controlled area from the south.

At the start of the battle, the Japanese controlled the East, Northwest and South posts as well as the west end of the Lugou Bridge. The Kuomintang held the east end of the bridge. If the bridge fell, Beijing would be completely cut off and easily captured. In the evening of7 July, Matsui gave Ji an ultimatum that KMT troops must let Japanese troops enter the town within the next hour or the town would be fired upon. The Japanese artillery had already aimed at the town when the ultimatum was sent. At midnight 8 July, Japanese artillery units started bombarding the town while the infantry with tanks marched across the bridge at dawn. With orders from Song, Ji led the KMT forces of about 1000 to defend at all cost. The Japanese army partially overran the bridge and vicinity in the afternoon. KMT forces, after reinforcement from nearby units, outnumbered the Japanese and retook it completely the next day. The Japanese army then halted the attack and offered to negotiate, marking the end of Phase I. Nevertheless the Japanese Army remained concentrated at the west end of the bridge.

29th Chinese Infantry G9$150.00

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