The Liberation of Taiwan was a Chinese military campaign to secure the then Japanese-held island of Taiwan. The invasion is the largest mobilization of Chinese forces to date with upwards of a million boots put on the ground. Additional support was had from the pro-Chinese freedom fighters on the island. The campaign lasted a whole week and successfully drove the Japanese from the island.
The Dragons from the SeaEdit
The Invasion of Taiwan began with a mobilization of NPCLN ships escorting the massive landing force from Fuzhou and Quanzhou China early in the morning. By six o'clock the island of Taiwan came into range of their guns and bombardment began on their coastal cities.
Utilizing the participating Shandong's forty-forty-five guns barrage began as the ships closed in at twenty miles. Using high explosive rounds the coastal defenses were shelled heavily. The ship's barrage continued inland as they closed in on the island and the landing parties took over.
An hour after the initial firing Chinese landing crews arrived and immediately engaged Japanese forces. Rapidly overwhelming them by noon.
A week long CampaignEdit
Considering the size of the island and strength of the attacking force it wasn't long until Chinese forces closed in on Taipei. Their numbers restored by Taiwanese freedom fighters the the highlands in the heart of the island were quickly cleansed of the Japanese and the bulk of the Chinese forces could concentrate on removing the colonial government in Taipei.
The surrender of the Japanese imperial government on the island came rapidly and the police, military, and civil forces of Taiwan surrendered to general Shaoquing. Setting them up in the courtyard of the Japanese colonial counsol where he began to execute them himself. Inquiring into their preferred mode of death.
The colonial governor was however spared when he pleaded for his life. Shaoquing ordered him to be set aboard a fishing boat and set adrift back to Japan. It's unknown whether or not he made it.
A Stepping StoneEdit
Shortly after Taiwan fell Beijing ordered the force re-mobilize for the Philippines to remove any challenged the far-right nationalist rebels there could pose on Chinese sovereignty. As a result, nine-hundred thousand of the remaining soldiers re-mobilized for Luzon and engaged the fragmented rebel groups there.
The remaining hundred thousand were charged with training the freedom fighters for official enrollment into the Chinese army and to set about on repairs and restoration of the bombed-out west-side.
Coupled with owning the island the successful take-over of Taiwan is considered one of several conflicts that added into the reevaluation of Chinese strength by Japan that lead to the Tokyo Treaty in 1971.