To demonstrate to the West that the Nationalist Army’s morale was intact, a battalion of the German-trained 88th Division had been fighting off the Japanese 3rd Infantry Division for two days. The site of the Chinese stand was a six-story concrete structure at the south end of Zhabei known as the Sihang (“Four-Bank”) Warehouse, so-called because it was built and jointly operated by four Shanghai banks. Throughout the 27th and 28th the over-strength battalion withstood everything the Japanese could throw at them, while ever-increasing crowds of Chinese and westerners stood on the opposite bank cheering on the defenders. On the 29th, with a Chinese flag now flying atop the warehouse, the “lost battalion” as it was dubbed by the international press, stood firm in its resolve to fight to the death.
Attacker: Japanese (6th Infantry Regiment)
Defender: Chinese (1st Battalion, 524th Regiment)
Turns: 5.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Shanghai, China 1937-10-29
Squads: A:14.0 D:10.0
AFVs: A:4 Type 94 Tt x 4
Guns: A:2 Year-41 Type Mountain Gun x 2 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 1 D:0