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  Loushan Pass Victory
Updated: 2004-06-25 15:26

Close calls were the common thing. As they approached Loushan pass blocking Zunyi, Peng Dehuai set his men off at the double (they had been at the double for several days). Peng's troops reached the pass minutes ahead of the KMT who arrived about 200 yards down the pass on the other side. In the next two days, they smashed the enemy forces, knocking out two divisions and eight regiments, killing or driving into the mountains some 3,000 KMT troops and taking 2,000 prisoners. They captured 1,000 rifles and 100,000 rounds of ammunition. The Nationalist press admitted "extremely great losses." At the River Wu, KMT General Wi Qiwei was caught with half his army on the wrong side of the river. More than 1,800 men surrendered and handed over their weapons. About 800 signed up to serve in the Red Army.



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