Western volunteers and advisors 1937-1945

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Western volunteers and advisors 1937-1945

Post by FinMC » 04 Apr 2020 05:01

I am interested in exploring the extent to which Western volunteers and advisors operated in China during the 2nd Sino-Japanese war and as part of WW2.

I am aware of Otto Braun and his role within the Communist leadership, as well as non-combat foreigners like Edgar Snow and Western missionaries. However, I would like to know whether there were any western volunteers into any of the Chinese factions militaries? Such as there was in the Spanish Civil War.

I would also like to know to what extent US advisors were involved in China after the US entered WW2. I know of course about the 'Flying Tigers' and Joseph Stillwell's co-operation with Chiang Kai-shek - but did US advisors become involved in any of the combat formations of the Chinese KMT military?

I would appreciate anyone's knowledge of this.

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Re: Western volunteers and advisors 1937-1945

Post by AllenM » 24 Apr 2020 22:58

This book tells the story of the construction of airfields in China for the B-29 bomber, and includes mission details.

https://www.amazon.com/Superfortress-Ch ... 1487800940

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Re: Western volunteers and advisors 1937-1945

Post by 79seconds » 08 May 2020 04:54

Some western experts were helping the 8th Route Army and New 4th Army (communist armies) by offering expertise of combat medical service (such as Canadian Norman Bethune, American George Hatem, Indian Kwarkanath Kotnis and Bejoy Basu, German Hans Müller, Austrian Richard Stein and Jakob Rosenfeld, Russian Andre Alov, etc) and signals (such as British Lord Michael Linsay). And some westerners even KIA as a soldier or war journalist in communist armies against Japanese troops. if you are interested, i can share more details.


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Re: Western volunteers and advisors 1937-1945

Post by kulasec » 21 Jan 2021 17:04

There were Spring 1938 established a 14. international volunteer squadron in Hankow with some french, dutch, americans and australian pilots,m equipped with Northop 2E Gamma, Vultee V-11 G and two Martin 139 WC. But after 4 monts disbanded after an accident.

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