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The Red Army does not fear the Long March,
The hills and torrents they see as everyday.
The curving mountain ranges like mere ripples,
They roll down Mount Wumeng like balls of clay.
As Jinsha River warms the cloudy cliffs
And iron chains span Dadu River cold,
We pass through Mount Min's leagues of snow,
Three Armies pass with glowing faces bold.

--Mao Zedong
Another translation of one of Mao's poems. The Long March, a now-mythologized event in mainland China, was a 6000-mile tactical retreat of the communists through the remotest regions of China. Of the 86,000 troops who began on the Long March, only 7000 men remained at the end of it. Whether desertion, starvation, or disease claimed more men is unknown.

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七律:长征
红军不怕远征难
万水千山只等闲
五岭逶迤腾细浪
乌蒙磅礴走泥丸
金沙水拍云崖暖
大渡桥横铁索寒
更喜岷山千里雪
三军过后尽开颜

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