Amoy Operation

Amoy Operation
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War
DateMay 10–12, 1938
Amoy Island
Result Japanese victory
 Japan  China
Commanders and leaders
Empire of Japan Koichi Shiozawa Republic of China (1912–1949) Chen Yi
IJN 5th Fleet NRA 75th division
Amoy fortress command
Casualties and losses
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The Amoy Operation was part of a campaign by Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War to blockade China to prevent it from communicating with the outside world and importing needed arms and materials. Control of Amoy Island would provide a base to make the blockade of Fujian province more effective.

Like the Canton Operation, the Amoy Operation was overseen by Koichi Shiozawa (1881-1943), who was the commander-in-chief of the Fifth Fleet during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).[1] The fleets warships bombarded the city to cover the landing of more than 2,000 invading troops.[2] The poorly equipped defenders of the city were forced to withdraw and move to Sung-yu.[2] The blockade was successful so that China's ability to counterattack was effectively crippled.[3]


  1. ^ Stewart, William (2014-11-26). Admirals of the World: A Biographical Dictionary, 1500 to the Present. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-7864-8288-7.
  2. ^ a b "Naval War in China". Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  3. ^ Eggenberger, David (2012-03-08). An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-486-14201-2.


  • Hsu Long-hsuen and Chang Ming-kai, History of The Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) 2nd Ed., 1971. Translated by Wen Ha-hsiung, Chung Wu Publishing; 33, 140th Lane, Tung-hwa Street, Taipei, Taiwan Republic of China. Pg. 247, Map 11.

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Coordinates: 24°30′00″N 118°08′17″E / 24.5000°N 118.138°E / 24.5000; 118.138