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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Nanking

    Nanking Director: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman  Time: 89 minutes. Color/B&W.  Think of this flick as a documentary variation on Schindler’s List set in 1937 China. Directed by the pair who helmed Twin Towers, the...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    2,032 days of solitary in China

    To this day Robert Flynn, a POW who spent more time in solitary confinement than any American ever, denies he violated Chinese airspace. On August 21, 1967, A-6A Intruder bombardier-navigator Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Flynn was shot...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Surrounded and Outnumbered

    Against seemingly overwhelming odds, the diminutive Fourteenth Air Force held the line against the Japanese in China during World War II. After almost six months of continuous combat duty in China with the Fourteenth Air Force, Sergeant...

  • Military History

    China’s American Imperial General

    It took an American Christian adventurer to create an army capable of ending the only so-called Christian revolt in Chinese history...

  • Military History Magazine

    Right Man, Right Time

    To win a brutal bush war in Malaya, General Sir Gerald Templer went back to the basics. “Over large areas of the country,” wrote British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge in the London Daily Telegraph, “law and order have, to all intents...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Chinese Aircraft

    Chinese Aircraft: China’s Aviation Industry Since 1951 by Yefim Gordon and Dmitriy Komissarov, Hikoki Productions Ltd., Manchester, UK, distributed by Specialty Press, North Branch, Minn., 2009, $56.95.  China’s aircraft industry...

  • American History Magazine

    Can We Come to Terms With China?

    The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston The 1900 uprising against foreigners in China—led by a society of martial artists secretly encouraged by...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Hard Liquor, Easy Duty

    The 15th United States Infantry Regiment at Tientsin—”the Can Do Boys,” as they liked to be called—may have had a very martial-sounding motto, but they didn’t do much. They didn’t have to; they had the cushiest...

  • World War II Magazine

    What was the Navy Doing in China?

    Spying, weather reporting, training Chinese fighters— and battling foes within. “What the hell is the navy doing here?” That’s how U.S. Navy radioman Richard Rutan was greeted when he stepped down from a C-47 plane in central China...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Poetry | Of Soldiers and Generals

    Li Bai (701–762) is widely regarded as China’s greatest poet. In 756 he became unofficial poet laureate to Prince Li Lin, the 16th of Emperor Xuanzong’s 30 sons, who tried to seize power in an unsuccessful uprising against the Tang...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: A Few Planes for China

    Eugenie Buchan explores the origins and exploits of the Flying Tigers in China during World War II...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ambush by the China Blitzers

    A handful of American pilots in war-weary P-40s took on 32 Zeros over Nanning, with surprising success. As he neared the Allied air base at Nanning on April 5, 1944, Japanese navy pilot Ippei Yoshida grew uneasy. Yoshida’s air group and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Truman Fires MacArthur

    Harry S. Truman’s distinguished biographer recounts events surrounding the headline that stunned the world...

  • World War II Magazine

    FDR’s China Syndrome

    The Asian giant had a powerful hold on the president’s imagination— one that shaped his wartime policy for the worse. Tourists trudging through the Roosevelt family seat in Hyde Park, New York, pass by Ming vases, a dinner gong, and...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Shanghai Gambit

    When China lured Japan into urban combat in 1937, the result revealed the Empire’s strengths—and its liabilities. All throughout the 1930s, Japan pecked at China, provoking “incidents,” demanding apologies, brandishing ultimatums,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Forgotten Ally

    Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II 1937–1945 By Rana Mitter. 464 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. $30. China’s “War of Resistance” against Japan has lingered as a haunting gap in our understanding of World War II. After the...