Jiang Jieshi turned his back on the growing menace of the Japanese armies and focuses on the CCP
We must ignore the Japs and extinguish the CCP once and for all!
Unsatisfied with the failures, The third campaign in July 1931 was led by Jiang himself, with 130 000 soldiers, but the invasion of Manchuria by Japan forced Jiang to halt the attack.
Lets get these soviet scum and claim hold of Jianxshi!
Once again after another failure, The fourth campaign in 1933 saw Jiang launch a force of 153 000 troops against the soviets.
Sure last time wasn't so good, but this time I've got more soldiers!
After 500 kilometres and ten battles the Red Army reached the Guizhou border with only 45 000 men left. Crossing the Xiang River had been costly
The best estimations give a figure of 15 000 killed at this time leaving 30 000 unexplained. Sun Shuyun, following an interview with a survivor wrote, ‘Nobody wants to admit it but the majority almost certainly deserted’
I don't have anything else to say.
You said it comrades!
Lets get the F*** outta here!
This is heresy to the CCP view of dedicated Red Army soldiers, but it does make sense, as these men did not know they were going so far away from the families they had left behind at such extreme risk.