Between 23rd August and 5th October 1958, there were a series of bombs took place over Kinmen, which is a small archipelago of several islands administered by the Kuomintang in the Taiwan Strait. During the war, the Artillery Bombardment was mainly used. The reasons for declaring this war varied. Some said the Communist Party shelled the islands in an attempt to seize them from Taiwan. Some believed it was a gesture by Mao Zedong to discourage the truce between the Soviet Union and the Western counterparts.
The 823 Artillery Bombardment was the last large-scale war event taking place between the Communist Party and the Kuomintang. This war marked clear boundary between two places and made Chiang Kai-shek realizing that the Unites States would not help him to fight against the Communist Party.
The Phoenix TV crew brings you to the historical Kinmen and Penghu regions, with loads of interviews ranging from the national air force and marine soldiers, to the scholars of Chinese political studies. We try to bring you back the original picture of this war.