KMT Soldiers Defect to the People’s Republic

The story is true, but not as world-shaking as you might think. Surviving soldiers from the Chinese Expeditionary Force in Burma have repatriated to the People’s Republic of China. The KMT first occupied Burma as part of the disastrous in-all-senses China-Burma-India Theater in World War II. After the Civil War, some more KMT forces retreated into China, rather than surrender to Mao or follow Chiang to Taiwan. Some National Revolutionary Army / Army of the Republic of China soldiers would eventually get quite wealthy on the drug trade, though these survivors seem not to have been so prosperous.

In Myanmar 67 years, the ride was not an easy country to live, “Myanmar itself is a poor country. Such as those of us living in this old soldier in order to stay, but also can have food to eat and clothing to survive is not easy to . “upon by the country said that in Myanmar, many veterans like him can only be regarded as the lowest level of society, some people make a living by selling firewood could not have the money returned. And his relatives in China can not afford the fee.

Article are available from Xinhua (Chinese, Google Translate) and China News (Chinese, Google Translate).

3 thoughts on “KMT Soldiers Defect to the People’s Republic”

  1. CBI wasn’t all disastrous. Certainly it didn’t go well for the KMT but the US got its shiny airbases and the British Empire’s Burmese victories in 1944-45 were the biggest single defeat of the Japanese Army in the war. Considering how important China was to Roosevelt I’m always surprised it gets so little attention in US history…

    …Then again when your commander is an unlovable lunatic and most of your troops are poor, black and half-mutinous it probably doesn’t fit well into the ‘Great Crusade’ model.

  2. Great review. I’d say it misses the ball on only two occasions. First is Stilwell’s handling of his troops. He pushed the Marauders further than they should ever have been pushed,effectively destroying them as a unit. Second is the appointment of Stilwell, an Anglophobe, to a theatre of war where the British were the second most important player.

    Thinking in management terms, have you read Stephen Bungay’s two history books? Bungay uses the modern management techniques as a prism to look at WW2. Absolutely sublime.

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