793.94/8694: Telegram

The Ambassador in China (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

215. Embassy’s 200 [214], July 10, 1 p.m.2

The Naval Attaché and Assistant Military Attaché returned at noon from Wanpinghsien. They report that Japanese troops are no longer on the Peiping-Hankow Railway and that the only Japanese troops visible are some fifty which are stationed some distance on the road to Peiping east of the east gates of Wanpinghsien; that is, the town is between them and the river and Marco Polo Bridge. They are of the opinion that the other Japanese troops have returned to Fengtai. They report that Sung’s men are all west of the river and that Wanpinghsien is garrisoned by Peace Preservation Corps.
Evidence is increasing that the casualties on both sides were considerable and that the Japanese casualties were much larger than officially admitted.

Repeated Nanking, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

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