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Calque of Chinese 長征 (chángzhēng).

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Long March

  1. (historical) A military retreat undertaken by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China, the forerunner of the People's Liberation Army, to evade the pursuit of the Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) army.
    • 1965 [1950 October], Shih Hu, “China in World Politics: International Communism: Stalin's Grand Strategy”, in The Kuomintang Debacle of 1949: Conquest of Collapse?[1], D. C. Heath and Company, published 1966, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 55, column 1:
      The encirclement and the economic blockade proved so effective that the Red Army and Government were forced to adopt the bold strategy of retreat - to escape annihilation by retreating westward, then southward, the northward, and then northeastward, finally reaching their destination in northern Shensi. This retreat has been called "the Long March," which lasted for a whole year and covered about 6,000 miles.

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