Sunday, April 15, 2018
From the Internet web site Scholars Stage some speculation.
The Scholars Stage I recommend highly and without qualification.
"Why Do We Know So Little About China's WWII?"
"In a recent column Peter Harmsen asks 'Why do we know so little about China in World War Two?'" To quote:
"We know hardly anything about the war in China."
"To give just one example, about 80,000 Chinese and Japanese soldiers became casualties during the first battle for the city of Changsha in September and October 1939 (there were three more battles for the city later in the war.) This is more than twice the number of total casualties on both sides during Operation Market Garden, the disastrous British and American attempt in September 1944 to penetrate German defenses in a bold airborne assault."
That aspect of the Chinese [Nationalist and communist] troops during the Second World War not so widely known. In all historical accounts of the allied coalition in opposition to Imperial Japan the role of China generally seen as marginal as best?
AND WHEN CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL FORCES UNDER THE COMMAND OF GENERALISSIMO CHIANG KAI SHEK CONSIDERED, THE NATIONALIST ARMY SEEN AS DEFENSIVE-ONLY MINDED, INEFFECTUAL, LACKADAISICAL, CORRUPT, WANTING IN SIGNIFICANT MEASURE! GENERALLY SPEAKING NOT WORTHY OF ALLIED SUPPORT!
Even Chiang reputedly described as being more interesting in fighting Mao and his communist insurgent army than engaging in combat with the Japanese.
NO! Consider just those major combat actions, Chinese and Japanese military forces in mortal combat prior to December 1941. Shanghai. Wuhan, etc. Epic battles major and to the death on a scale prodigious. The Chinese hardly slackers even in the slightest manner. The famous/infamous Japanese officer Tsuji rating the Chinese soldier # 2 in fighting ability, trailing only the Japanese. Fighting ability not defined in a clear manner but I surmise meaning tenacity!
At least from my perspective the Nationalist of Chiang Kai Shek: 1. Doing most of the fighting against the Japanese. 2. Foreign expatriate elements to include journalists in favor of Mao and the communists numbering more than a few. 3. News and commentary of the Chinese [Nationalist] performance during the Second Sino-Japanese War and subsequent events deliberately distorted and skewed in a manner to created a bad image of the Nationalists.
Deliberate and malicious distortions that tarnished Chiang and the Nationalists and do not allow for a proper evaluation of contribution by the Chinese to the war effort, before and after Pearl Harbor.
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