The Battle of China (1944)

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The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.


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Claire Chennault ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kai-Shek Chiang ...
Himself (archive footage)
Madame Chiang ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
Teh Chu ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Eden ...
Himself (archive footage)
William F. Halsey ...
Himself (looks up from desk) (archive footage)
Hirohito ...
Himself (archive footage)
Abraham Lincoln (voice)
Douglas MacArthur ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Mayer ...
Himself (as Col. William Mayer)
Louis Mountbatten ...
Himself (archive footage)
Henry Pu-yi ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Joseph W. Stilwell ...
Himself (archive footage)


In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the country of China and its people. With a brief history of the country, we also learn of why the Japanese wanted to conquer it and felt confident about succeeding. Finally, the history of the war in that theatre is illustrated and shows the stiff determination of the Chinese who use all their resources to oppose Japanese aggression to the end. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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6 April 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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The Battle of China: Assault on the Great Wall  »

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This documentary is considered a Second World War wartime propaganda documentary film of the United States. See more »


Narrator: But what kind of people are the Chinese? Well, in four thousand years of continuous history, China has never fought a war of aggression. They're *that* kind of people.
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26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Battle of China, The (1944)

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WW2 documentary from Frank Capra tells the history of China and their wars as well as how they got involved in WW2 and what they had to do to defend themselves. As with Capra's other WW2 docs, this one here contains some great battle footage, which is pretty remarkable to see. I also find it incredibly interesting at how Capra set these films up so that the viewer gets to know every little detail of how the war was fought. Sensitive viewers might want to stay clear because this is a pretty damn violent film that shows several people being executed by the Nazis and there's also some graphic footage of some babies that were executed.

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