On October 9, 1936, the Headquarters of the Red Army and the Fourth Front Army Joined Forces with the First Front Army.
In the summer of 1934, under Wang Ming's guidance of passive defense, the Red Army's fifth counter-besiegement campaign met with repeated defeats in the Central Soviet Area. Large amounts of human, financial and material resources were exhausted and the base areas were shrinking. It became increasingly difficult to thwart enemy's "encirclement and suppression" campaign on the interior lines. The Communist Party of China was forced to lead the Red Army out of the original base areas and on the Long March which would change the fortunes of the war and echo around the world.
On October 9, 1936, the headquarters of the Red Army and the headquarters of the Fourth Front Army led by Zhu De, Zhang Guotao, Xu Xiangqian, Chen Changhao joined forces with the First Front Army at Hui Ning, Gansu Province.
The memorial park for the Red Army troops' joining forces.
The colorful door decorated by the First Front Army to welcome the Second and Fourth Front Armies in Huining, Gansu Province.
(China.org.cn, 17thcongress.org.cn by Zhang Ming'ai October 9, 2007)