These two Chinese youngsters are fascinated by the sight of an American soldier shaving in the open. Yunnan, China.

Yeah, China ended up being the ally for the US. It was called by them the "China-Burma-India theater" or the "Asia Offensive/Defensive," where the United States decided to support China's war with Japan which would benefit us ...

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  • Yeah, China was the ally of the US. They called it the "China-Burma-India theater" or the "China Offensive/Defensive," where the US decided to support China's war with Japan which would benefit us in our war with Japan. Here are some links, several of them include additional photos
  • How come they didn't really fight with them against communist ?
  • u/Prufrock451 summarizes the American role in the civil war quite well, here : The United States intervened massively in the Chinese Civil War. Before World War II, the Communists were just one more faction. It's important to remember that when China went to war with Japan, Chiang Kai-Shek didn't control a strong central government with a renegade Communist army lurking in the back country. Chiang was more properly the most powerful of a coalition of local warlords. Many provinces were virtually independent, and Chiang had only indirect control over many of China's armed forces. (This is a big part of why World War II played out as it did in China; Chiang kept billions in aid for himself, parceling out weapons only to reliable subordinates. This was interpreted in the United States as corruption - but for Chiang, who was halfway between a gang chief and a feudal lord, his subordinates were always a bigger threat than Japan.) When Japan surrendered in 1945, the situation was this: Chiang controlled much of central China, while the Communists had made massive gains in northern China. The Soviets held Manchuria. The Americans had large bases in the Pacific and were starting to relocate forces west to occupy Japan. But huge areas in eastern China were still occupied; millions of Japanese soldiers and civilians remained there. The Allies ordered these Japanese forces to remain in place and maintain order until the Allies arrived to accept their surrender. That meant that Japan kept up its war against the Chinese Communists, under the guise of "law enforcement." (Thousands of Japanese troops actually remained in China until the Civil War's end, fighting as volunteers for Chiang's Nationalists.) U.S. Marines arrived to occupy many of China's ports and fanned out along the railroads to establish outposts. In the meantime, the U.S. Navy embarked thousands of Nationalist troops and began shuttling them to new garrisons across coastal China. Basically, the U.S. Armed Forces acted as a vanguard and a screen for the Nationalist reoccupation of much of China, halting the Communist advance and pushing them back in many areas. The United States gave Chiang a massive infusion of reconstruction aid, including billions in special loans (read: we'll write it off in 20 years after everyone who approved it is retired) and enough surplus military hardware to build entire armored divisions from scratch. The Communists were desperate to get their hands on these goodies; dozens of Americans and Communist Chinese died in skirmishes during the Civil War, many in Communist raids on U.S. depots or freight trains. So, the U.S. military bankrolled the Nationalists, flooded them with hardware, provided them with intelligence, acted as their logistical arm, occupied major cities on their behalf, enabled their enlistment of enemy troops, and even skirmished with the Communists. This was all well-known at the time. This is why the "who lost China" debate was so vicious - Americans were at their most war-weary and they were watching the waste of American blood and treasure as Nationalist China crumbled. After the Nationalists fell, the United States maintained an active intelligence presence and armed local chieftains in Tibet and Sinkiang (where the Soviets had a uranium-mining deal with the semi-independent government). It also bankrolled a division of renegade Nationalists who retreated to northern Burma and established a transnational opium cartel. After China intervened in the Korean War, the CIA used this puppet army to stage raids into southern China, hoping to ignite a second front and divide Chinese forces.
  • Interesting. Thanks !
  • No shit. I just didn't now about it.
  • Yes, but mainly in a logistics role or as airmen. Here is one well known unit
  • National Archives Identifier: 531203
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