During 1938, the Nationalists realized that inside Japanese-occupied Hopei province, the CPP had become the de-facto local government. This prompted GMD commanders to move units north of the Yellow River to reassert their influence. Caught off guard by such an anti-partisan sweep, a CCP regiment dispersed 'to disappear among the people like fish into the sea'. Their weapons group set out through the paddies with pursuers close behind, only to spot more of the enemy ahead. Evasion without a fight was no longer possible.
Attacker: CCP (CCP 129 Division)
Defender: GMD (Elements of GMD Shensi-Honan Military District)