Battle of Central Henan

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Battle of Central Henan
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II
Date 17 April – 25 May 1944
Location Henan Province
Result Japanese victory
Belligerents
 Republic of China
National Revolutionary Army
 Japan
Imperial Japanese Army
Commanders and leaders
Taiwan General Tang Enbo Japan Lt. General Eitaro Uchiyama
Strength
390,000 140,000

The Battle of Central Henan, was the first offensive in the Japanese Operation Ichi-Go during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

In the Battle of Central Henan, 390,000 Chinese soldiers, led by General Tang Enbo (汤恩伯), were deployed to defend the strategic position of Luoyang. The 12th Army spearheaded by the 3rd Tank Division of the IJA crossed the Yellow River around Zhengzhou in late April and defeated Chinese forces near Xuchang, then swung around clockwise and besieged Luoyang. Luoyang was defended by three Chinese divisions. The 3rd Tank Division began to attack Luoyang on May 13 and took it on May 25.

Order of Battle: Battle of Central Henan

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Coordinates: 33°54′N 113°30′E / 33.900°N 113.500°E / 33.900; 113.500