The Japanese had been pushing hard towards Shanghai since mid-August. However, the Chinese government was determined to fight for the city and had committed its best troops, including the German-equipped 88th Division. The Japanese decided to break the stalemate by landing forces south of the city, to threaten encirclement and force the Chinese to abandon their defensive positions. landings occurred simultaneously in Liuhe, Wusong and Chuanshakou. The initial Japanese bombardment nearly annihilated the defenses that had been posted there, but the Chinese rushed reinforcements in to meet the assailants.
Attacker: Japanese (Elements of Shanghai Expeditionary Force, IJA)
Defender: GMD (Elements of the Republic of China's 18th Army)