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The decisive Battle of Red Cliffs (aka Battle of Chibi) was fought between the combined forces of the southern Chinese warlords Sun Quan and Liu Bei and the army of the northern warlord Cao Cao during the winter of 208-209 A. D. The greatly outnumbered southern alliance emerged victorious over Cao Cao's forces in the battle fought on the southern banks of the Yangtze River between the present day cities of Wuhan and Yueyang. The troops of the southern warlords, numbering about 50,000 men, smashed the greatly superior forces of Cao Cao, who estimated his forces at 880,000 (although later historians suggest the number was around 220,000). The victory assured the survival of the two southern chieftains and gave them control of the Yangtze.
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