The successful junction of the three front armies at Jiangtaibao
The Long March was a famous military maneuver conducted by the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army led by the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 1934 to 1936 to combat the then Kuomintang regime. Though many soldiers died on the way, the Red Army finally arrived at Yan'an in northern Shaanxi Province after the 12,500-kilometre trek, where the new CPC headquarters was established.

At the beginning of Sep,1936, the cavalry regiment of the 15th Army Corps of the First Front Army, originally stationed in Tongxin City of Ningxia, had taken the enemy by surprise and captured Huining City in southeast Gansu after two nights quick march covering 150km. They wiped out the enemy troops guarding the city and gloriously prepared the way for the junction with the Fourth Front Army.

The Fourth Front Army led by Commander-in-Chief Zhu De joined forces with troops of the First Front Army led by the Commander of the First Division, Chen Geng. Zhu De was accompanied by Zhang Guotao, Xu Xiangqian and Chen Changhao. Riding on horseback, Zhu De passed through the gateway all decked out by the First Front Army soldiers to welcome the Fourth Front Army, and as he entered Huining City, he was welcomed by the commanders and fighters of the First Front Army lining the streets, shouting slogans, cheering and applauding. As soon as the commanding officers entered the building, the soldiers of the two armies rushed towards each other, warmly shaking hands and embracing.
The Second Division of the First Army Corps of the First Front Army under Commander Yang Dezhi and Commissar Xiao Hua, successfully captured Jiangtaibao town in Longde county of Ningxia, about 80km east of Huining, ready to welcome the Second Front Army led by He Long, its general commanding officer and Ren Bishi, political commissar. This marked the triumphant union of the Red Army's three front armies, bringing the total number of troops of the Red Army to between 30,000 and 40,000.

The grand joining of forces by the three front armies signaled the victorious conclusion of the 25,000 li (12,500km) Long March. It meant a tremendous boost to the Red Army forces. It meant the Red Army had advanced to the forefront of the resistance against Japanese aggression, of the struggle to national salvation.

Red Liupan team, Zhangyi Middle School, Ningxia, China.2007