End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • U.S. troops move on Peiping

    6 October 1945. After formally accepting the surrender of Japanese troops in Tientsin, U.S. commanders decide to secure Peiping and its two major airfields ahead of the return of Chinese government forces; they realize that Tientsin’s solitary airfield is inadequate as a logistical hub. The U.S. advance on Peiping is accomplished next day despite opposition from CCP forces in the surrounding countryside.

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    servicemen in Peking, October 1945 [US National Archives]( http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos/)