Drowned Earth: The Strategic Breaching of the Yellow River Dyke, 1938

  title={Drowned Earth: The Strategic Breaching of the Yellow River Dyke, 1938},
  author={Diana Lary},
  journal={War in History},
  pages={191 - 207}
  • D. Lary
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Political Science
  • War in History
Early in the war of resistance against Japan, the Chinese military command used a tragic version of scorched-earth tactics: they denied access to the Japanese imperial army to a vast stretch of China not by literally scorching it but by drowning it. In June 1938 the Chinese command turned the ultimate symbol of Chinese civilization, the Yellow River, into a weapon of war. The southern dyke of the River was breached at Huayuankou (Flower Garden Mouth) in Henan, 30 miles to the west of the… 

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