This week’s episode focuses mainly on the year 1947.  The Americans have now left and the NRA and PLA attack each other with all they got.  The years starts out well for the Nationalists as they pummel the PLA in Manchuria and in the north.  But once the summer offensive begins, it’s a steady stream of bad news for Chiang.  Ultimately with the conclusion of the bloody Siping Campaign that ended in March 1948, Manchuria was lost for good.  Chiang would never be able to win it back.  Once this feather was in Mao’s cap, plans were made to conquer the rest of China.  This would take two more years.