The Second Sino-Japanese War began in July 1937. Japan announced they were going to bomb the Shanghai’s Whampoo River. On August 28, 1937, and news teams gathered to capture the event.
The bombers didn’t hit the Chinese defenses. They hit the city’s train station—which housed 1,800 civilians waiting for evacuation, mostly women and children. The Japanese aircrews had mistaken them for troops. In total, 1,500 died.
The photographer, H.S. Wong, saw a man rescuing children from the tracks. The man placed the first young child on the platform edge before returning to help another—and that is the picture Wong took.
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