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COMPASS MAGAZINE,July 2001. VOL.8 ISSUE 7


8-23 MEMORIAL PARK
Between Chungteh 9th and 10th Roads and Changping East 3rd Road, Peitun District

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Fans of military history and hardware will not want to miss this recently-completed public park, located in a quiet corner of the Peitun District, not far from the intersection of Chungteh Road, section 3, and Changping Road. The park commemorates the ROC military’¼)s victory during the 1958 Battle of Kinmen, which began on August 23, 1958 with a massive bombardment and blockade of Kinmen Island by Chinese Communist forces. In one of the heaviest artillery bombardments in modern history, Chicom forces fired over 500,000 shells at the small island in a 44-day period. However, ROC return counter-battery fire destroyed 97 Communist artillery sites and 279 artillery pieces and sank 81 naval ships and gunboats. The ROC military also overcame an air and sea blockade, successfully re-supplying and reinforcing the island throughout the siege. To mark this victory, a variety of US-made Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines equipment is displayed in the park, including Lockheed F-104G Starfighter and Northrop F-5E fighter jets, M-24 and M-41 tanks, an LVT amphibious personnel carrier, M-108 self-propelled artillery piece, and a naval twin 5-inch gun turret. At the center of the park is a white obelisk with Chinese and English explanations, plus a statue of Chiang Kai-shek. Heading north on Chungteh Road, turn right onto Chungteh 10th Road, section 1 at the six-way intersection with Changping Road and go about a block to the park.

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