Battle of South Henan

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Battle of South Henan
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War
Date 30 January – 1 March 1941
Location South Henan
Result Chinese victory
Republic of China (1912–1949) Republic of China Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Commanders and leaders
Republic of China (1912–1949) Li Zongren Empire of Japan Waichiro Sonobe
5th War Area: 2nd, 31st, 33rd Army Groups, 2nd Army, 36th Corps, 15th Separate Brigade, 14th Artillery Regiment, 4th Separate Engineer Battalion 11th Army: 3rd, 4th, 15th, 17th, 39th, 40th Divisions, 18th Independent Mixed Brigade, 3 Tank Regiments, 1 Separate Heavy Artillery Regiment, 100 Planes
Casualties and losses
Unknown Chinese source: 9,000 killed and wounded[1]

The Battle of South Henan (simplified Chinese: 豫南会战; traditional Chinese: 豫南會戰; pinyin: Yùnán Huìzhàn), was one of the 22 major engagements between the National Revolutionary Army (NRA) and Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. This battle was the first time the NRA engaged the Japanese in southern Henan.

In January 1941, the Japanese 11th Army split into three routes to attack the Chinese positions. Their main objective was to eradicate Chinese control of the Ping-Han Railway's southern section. Li Zongren, commander of the Chinese 5th War Area, avoided frontal contact with the Japanese as much as possible. Instead, he fought conservatively, diverting his main forces towards the two flanks. Outflanked, the Japanese retreated after taking heavy casualties[citation needed], and their attack was repelled.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baike Baidu Encyclopedia Article: The Battle of South Henan

Coordinates: 33°50′00″N 113°30′00″E / 33.8333°N 113.5000°E / 33.8333; 113.5000