| Japanese victory|
China, Empire of Japan
| Guangdong Province, China|
| October 1938 – December 1938|
Second Sino‑Japanese War, Battle of Beiping–Tianjin, Battle of Suixian–Zaoyang, Battle of Changsha, Battle of Shanggao
Canton Operation Wikipedia
The Canton Operation was part of a campaign by Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War to blockade China to prevent it from communicating with the outside world and importing needed arms and materials. Control of Canton and the Pearl River Delta would provide a base to make the blockade of Guangdong province more effective by seizing southern China's major port and isolate the British port of Hong Kong.