The China-Japan War, 1931-1945

  title={The China-Japan War, 1931-1945},
  author={David M. Gordon},
  journal={The Journal of Military History},
  pages={137 - 182}
  • D. Gordon
  • Published 9 January 2006
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of Military History
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