On August 23, the SEF, led by Iwane Matsui, landed in Liuhe, Wusong (吳淞), and Chuanshakou. Chiang Kai-shek had expected these coastal towns to be vulnerable to Japanese landings and ordered Chen Cheng to reinforce the area with the 18th Army. However, the Chinese were no match for Japanese firepower. The Japanese almost always began their amphibious assaults with heavy naval and air bombardment of the Chinese coastal defense works and trenches. It was not unheard of for the Chinese to lose an entire garrison to such bombardments. However, the Chinese would reinforce almost immediately to counter the Japanese troops who had just made their landing after the bombardment.
In the two weeks that followed, the Chinese and Japanese troops fought bitter battles in the numerous towns and villages along the coast. The Chinese troops fending off the amphibious assaults had only their small-caliber weapons to depend on, and were not sufficiently supported by the ROCAF and the almost nonexistent Chinese navy. They paid heavily for the defense. An entire regiment could be reduced to just a few men in action.
Attacker: Japanese (Elements of 3rd Infantry Division, Shanghai Expeditionary Force)
Defender: Chinese (Elements of 18th Army)
Turns: 7 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
South of Liuhe, China 1937-08-25
Squads: A:16.0 D:17.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 3 D:0 Mortaio da 45 "Brixia" x 2