Some much-needed exposure about Chinese efforts during WWII.
I've seen this photo before and now I know her name-rest in honoured peace heroine-may we never forget her sacrifice and so very many others who suffered and died but China /Chinese ultimately triumphed.Least we forget. She could easily have been my aunty or anyone's aunty. Brave hero's of our continue struggle for freedom and liberty.
We mustn't forget their sacrifices, and the facts that the Japanese still haven't atone for their atrocities.
Chinese guerrilla fighter Cheng Benhua smiling moment before execution by the Japanese. (Late 1938)
She led a local resistance movement during the Nanjing Massacre, was then imprisoned and gang raped before being executed by bayonet. This photo is the primary reason she is remembered.
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BTW-I IIRC a old book (of which I am still looking for as my own copy) is Frank Dorn's "Sino-Japanese War-1937-1941"One of the best books on the early start of WW2 -not Poland 1939-she was described as a "Chinese guerilla fighter caught by Japanese Army during the 3-All Campaign in Northern China after the fall of Nanjing-fate unknown" I knew by looking at her sad,wistful,resigned face she knew what awful fate was in store for her( I won't lie and hope to be 1/10 as brave as her!).The leering ,bestial Japaanese soldiers sitting behind her were of course slavering animals waiting to fall upon her like starving monsters that they were.(I hope they burn in hell)BTW is there any good articles or books on IJA's 3-All campaign(Sanko)??And I believe that the famous Japanese General tomoyuki Yamashita -who headed the 3All Campaign and various "Bandit Pacification Campaigns" stole alot of gold from North China and hid it in the Philipines-which could have been found by Ferdinand Marcos ex-Japanese Army officers who used it to rebuild war torn Japan and enrich Marcos.I've seen this photo before and now I know her name-rest in honoured peace heroine-may we never forget her sacrifice and so very many others who suffered and died but China /Chinese ultimately triumphed.