|Map from early 1950s showing Tachen, Matsu, and Quemoy islands|
|Madame CKS (left on platform) in Keelung|
welcoming troops withdrawn from ChouShan
The battle in ZheJiang started at 7AM, Jan 18 1955 that ended after 61 hours and 12 minutes of intense fighting. This took place on 一江山YiJiangShan, a small island to the northwest, within the eyesight of DaChen. All 740 KMT defenders including the commander-in-chief perished - they went down with 4,000 PLA men. CCP claimed, however, that 500 KMT POWs were taken and some indeed were released in 1991 who subsequently reported back in Taiwan.
What followed was the 4-day total evacuation of DaChen and surrounding islets. Beginning on Feb 8, with the US 7th Fleet providing 132 ships and 400 planes of all sizes, 14,500 civilians, 10,000 garrison forces, 4,000 partisan fighters, and 40,000 tons of war materiel were evacuated. The ships arrived in Keelung and the evacuees temporarily hosed in school buildings. Soldiers were sent to reinforce the defense of Kinmen and Matsu.
Here are some photos of the great evacuation (for more see here and here):
|Evacuees and ships of all sizes|
|A grieving widow whose husband died fighting |
the PLA on YiJiangShan Island