International Committee for the Nanking Safety Zone set up a
neutral area of the city for citizens to seek refuge from Japan in.
Sino-Japanese War - Shanghai
November 26th, 1937
Japan wins a bloody battle against China in Shanghai
and keep an eye on Nanking as their next target.
China Moves Capital and Troops from Nanking
December 1st, 1937
China becomes fearful of losing their troops in Nanking and moves their official soldiers and capital from the city, leaving only untrained troops and many citizens.
Japan Takes Nanking
December 13, 1937
Japanese troops seize Nanking, along with their intention
to rape, pillage, murder, and destroy, and start their raid.
The Nanking Massacre
December 13, 1937 - February 7th, 1938
Japanese soldiers murder infants, women, and the elderly,
along with raping women in the tens of thousands
Nanking Declared Back in Order by Japan
Approx. January 1938
Japanese state that the city of Nanking was back in order, disbanding
the safety zone, and continuing to kill, rape, and pillage.
The New Puppet Capital
Nanking turned into a new capital for Japan’s
January 19th, 1946
IMTFE (International Military Tribunal for the Far East) formed by General Douglas MacArthur, this group would soon oversee the trials of hundreds of Japanese soldiers and higher-ups on the basis of their war crimes
April 26th, 1947
Commander of the 6th division, Lieutenant General Tani Hisao, executed for war crimes including rape, plunder, and massacre.