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Zhao Yiman

From :  PLA Daily / Translated by womenofchina


Zhao Yiman (1905-1936) was born in Yibin, southwest China's Sichuan Province in October 1905. She joined the Socialist Youth League of China in 1923 and became a member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1926. In September 1927, she went to Moscow to study in the Sun Yat-sen University. She returned to China in the winter of 1928, and engaged in the underground revolutionary work in Shanghai, and then in south China's Jiangxi Province. After the September 18 Incident, she was sent to northeast China to start up struggles against the Japanese aggression. She laid down her life in 1936.
In November 1935, the Japanese aggressors and the puppet troops encircled the Second Regiment of the Third Army of the Northeast Anti-Japanese Allied Forces. Zhao Yiman, political commissar of the regiment, commanded her troops to fight fiercely against the enemies and killed more than 30 enemies. In order to cover the troops to break through enemy's encirclement, Zhao was seriously wounded. Several days later, the enemy found Zhao in a farmhouse where she stayed to heal her wound. In the fighting, she was wounded again and captured by the enemy. Cruelly tortured by the enemy, Zhao would rather die than yield. In order to extort a confession, the enemy sent her to a hospital to receive treatment. In the hospital, she gave wide publicity to the principle of resisting against the Japanese aggression and saving the nation. Han Yongyi, a female nurse, and Dong Xianxun, a guard, were deeply moved by Zhao's spirit and helped her to escape. Unfortunately Zhao was captured again by the enemy and suffered even crueler torture. But she never gave in.
On August 2, 1936, after writing down the last words, asking her children to continue the struggle, Zhao went to the execution ground. On her way there, Zhao sang loudly the Internationale and the Ode of the Red Flag, and shouted loudly "Down with the Japanese Imperialism!" and "Long live the Communist Party of China!"