Beiping–Hankou Railway Operation

The Beiping–Hankou Railway Operation (Japanese: 京漢線作戦; Mid August – Dec. 1937) was a follow up to the Battle of Beiping–Tianjin of the Japanese army in North China at the beginning of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, fought simultaneously with Tianjin–Pukou Railway Operation. The Beiping–Hankou Railway Operation was not authorized by the Imperial General Headquarters. The Japanese advanced to the south along the Beiping–Hankou Railway until the Yellow River, capturing Linfen 36°04′59″N 111°31′01″E / 36.083°N 111.517°E / 36.083; 111.517 along the way. After the Imperial General Headquarters wrestled control over troops from local commanders, the majority of participating Japanese units were transferred to participate in the concurrent Battle of Taiyuan. These units were replaced by newly formed 108th and 109th divisions.

Peiking – Hankow Railway Operation
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War
DateAugust – December 1937
Result Japanese victory
 Japan  China
Commanders and leaders
Empire of Japan Hisaichi Terauchi
Empire of Japan Kiyoshi Katsuki
Empire of Japan Toshizō Nishio
Republic of China (1912–1949) Song Zheyuan
Units involved

 Imperial Japanese Army

 National Revolutionary Army

78,000 ?
Casualties and losses
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After the stalemate at Yellow River from December 1937 to March 1938, the fighting resumed resulting in Battle of Xuzhou.

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