Outnumbered and surronded by GMD forces, the CCP faced annihilation. Mao decided that the only chance the CCP had was to break through the GMD's lines and set up another base. They succeeded in doing this on October 19th. Then would later embark on what was known as the Long March. Consisted of the crossing of the Xiang Rver, Zunyi Conference, Upper Yangtze River Crossing, Luding Bridge, disputes, Songpan marshes and Shaanxi.