Saber carrying a soul

  In the showroom of the “Guoyu Cemetery” in Tengchong County, Yunnan Province, I have seen a Japanese army knife, without a commentary. The knife is just a standard knife used by Japanese junior officers. Its story is told by Mr. Li Zheng from the museum that accepted the donation.

  The knife was once a spoils for a soldier named Shen Rongzhen. Shen Rongzhen, a native of Haining, Zhejiang Province, is the platoon leader of the Second Battalion of the Sixth Regiment of the 20th Regiment of the Chinese Expeditionary Force.  

  In the last bloody battle against Tengchong City in 1944, a Japanese junior officer waved the knife and suddenly jumped out of the bunker, all life-free bunkers, and rushed into the group of Chinese soldiers who had been exhausted and killed. Eight soldiers, unable to catch up, have died under this knife. It was the platoon leader, Shen Rongzhen, who shot and killed the defeated soldier with a submachine gun. He fired the water against the Japanese soldier until he finished the last bullet. After the end of the battle, after the conscription of the party’s Fang Cheng, Shen Rongzhen left the saber that took the lives of his eight brothers. After the war, he returned to his hometown for eight years, holding the Japanese army knife in his hands and standing in front of him. He condensed the hardships of his eight brothers and the national liberation that he had been unable to serve his mother for eight years, and dedicated it to his mother. Soon, Shen Rongzhen left home again. The civil war began, and the military Shen Rongzhen once again stepped onto the battlefield. Eventually he left the mainland with the failure of the Kuomintang regime, and he never saw his mother again.  

  Later, on the mainland, endless political movements emerged endlessly. The family actually hides the saber left by the reactionary officer’s son—this is of course the ironclad proof of the reactionary’s attempt to change the sky. For the mother, the knife is the only thought left by the son, and it is also the only trace of life of the eight sons. The old mother put the knife in layers and put it into the well, and told the relatives around her before the death.

  In 1990, Shen Rongzhen returned home from Taiwan to visit relatives. He learned that the saber still existed, and entrusted the righteous brother Yang Jian to donate the knife to relevant institutions in the mainland. In 1994, Mr. Yang Jian learned from the newspaper that in the Tengchong County of Yunnan Province, he wanted to build the Memorial Museum of the Western Fujian Anti-Japanese War, and he contacted the relevant departments of Tengchong County. But Tengchong replied that we don’t have the money to pick it up. If you want to donate, you will send the knife. At that time, the tourism in Yunnan Province was not as prosperous as it is now. The remote city of Tengchong County is even more unknown. No money is the truth. But where does Yang Jian have money? However, he is righteous. He knows that the cemetery of the eight martyrs who died under this knife is in Tengchong. It should return to the battlefield of that year to pay homage to the soldiers who died for victory. So he donated the knife to the Haining CPPCC and frankly hoped that the knife would be returned to Tengchong with the help of the CPPCC. The Haining CPPCC specially sent people to accompany him to the Tengchong County to complete the donation. On June 4, 1994, the Japanese army knife attached to the eight expeditionary soldiers, Ying Ling, returned to Tengchong after leaving for half a century.

  Today, the knife carrying the lives of eight Chinese soldiers is still lying alone in the showcase, and there is no explanation card for the last (and perhaps only) melee.