Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Wars and rumors of wars!
Thanks in part from a book review as seen at the Strategy Page Internet web site two wars I have never heard about. From relatively modern times too. But basically nary a blip on my radar screen.
1. Sino-Soviet Conflict 1929.
"The Sino-Soviet conflict of 1929 . . . was an armed conflict between the Soviet Union and Chinese warlord Zhang Xueliang of the Republic of China over the Chinese Eastern Railway (also known as CER)."
Chinese warlord [nominally in league with the Nationalist government of China], his combatants versus Red Army contingents of the Soviet Union. Dispute and pretext for war the control of the main and very vital railroad [CER] through Manchuria.
This war had much wider implications? Domination and eventual absorption of Manchuria into the Soviet sphere? Manchuria during the Imperial Russia under Russian control. The Soviet as the Russian before them desirous of access to Yellow Sea warm-water ports? The historians say what about this?
2. Irish Civil War.
"The Irish Civil War (28 June 1922 – 24 May 1923) was a conflict that followed the Irish War of Independence and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State, an entity independent from the United Kingdom but within the British Empire."
Brother fights brother! The Easter Uprising I was familiar with. The Irish War of Independence I was familiar with. The Irish Civil War I was NOT familiar with other than Michael Collins being assassinated by Irish Republican dissidents.
This particular civil war the Irish National Army [legally constituted] versus those guerrilla and insurrectionist hold-out elements of the Irish Republican Army [IRA]. The former eventually victorious over the latter.
THE BRITISH NOT STINTING IN PROVIDING AID AND ASSISTANCE TO THE IRISH NATIONAL ARMY, BEYOND [?] EXPECTATIONS.
Regarding the legacy of the Irish Civil War as extracted from the wiki:
"As with most civil wars, the internecine conflict left a bitter legacy, which continues to influence Irish politics to this day. The two largest political parties in the republic through most of its history . . . were Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, the descendants respectively of the anti-treaty and pro-treaty forces of 1922."