793.94/12027: Telegram

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

17. Following for War Department from Colonel Stilwell.23

“I returned Hankow January 9 from Changsha, Nanchang, Kiukiang. No peace talk anywhere in the area. Hunan Governor talks of 3 years’ resistance, Kiangsi Governor same opinion. Training programs under way in Hunan and Kiangsi for roughly 1 million men in each province. Munitions and equipment admitted serious matter. Practically every Chinese soldier on guerilla warfare. Many units withdrawn to Nanchang, Hankow area for replacement. I believe there is little contact between opposing sides southwest of Nanking and that the front there has practically melted away”.

Repeated to Peiping.

  1. Col. Joseph W. Stilwell, Military Attaché in China.