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Chinese forces south of China

Post by Volklin » 04 Apr 2007 01:12

In the areas south of China (Burma, Vietnam, Thailand) how much percent did Chinese forces make up total Allied power (including UK and US forces) there and how much did they contribute to the campaigns?

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Post by Jerry Asher » 04 Apr 2007 01:57

There is in the book Bloody Shambles by Christopher Shores, Brian Cull and Yasuho Izawa, Volume 1 mention of Chinese Air Force(not Flying Tigers) using SB 2's (Russian)
to attack Japanese in Northern Indo China in December 1941 and possibly into Jan. 1942.
At that time they were the only "Allied" air presence. Technically the "Flying Tgers" were Chinese forces till some time in mid 1942. Some ot the bombs initialy used by them for tactical air support were of Russian manufacture and were part of Chinese stocks. I'm sorrry but my copy of Volume 1 was destroyed several years ago.
In Vol 2 which it states that 25 Flying Tiger P-40's were in Burma on Feb 1, 1942 and 10 British Hurricanes, 12 Blenhiems, 4 Buffaloes and 6 Lysanders.
TTBOMK two Chinese Infantry Divisions were sent to Burma after American General Stillwell and Jiang ironed it out.
For early 1942 this would seem to me to be a significant proportion of what was available for Burma. Chinese intelligence service active in Indo China; but no troops are deployed. Ditto for Thailand except even less certain of intelligence effort.

Good luck--Jerry Asher

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Post by White Star » 04 Apr 2007 16:13

As far as I heard there was a Chinese Expeditionary Force in Burma.
Order of Battle of the Chinese Expeditionary Force in Burma - 1942

Commander ?Lieut.-General JW Stilwell (Burma HQ established 21-Mar-42)

Chief of the Chinese General Staff Mission to Burma - Lieut.-General Lin Wei

Executive Officer to General Stilwell - Lieut.-General Lo Cho-ying

1. V ARMY (Lieut.-General Tu Tu-ming)
entered Burma during Mar-42
22nd Division (Major-General Liao Yao-shiang)

64th Regiment

65th Regiment

66th Regiment

96th Division (Major-General Yu Shao)

286th Regiment

287th Regiment

288th Regiment

200th Division (Major-General Tai An Lan)


599th Regiment

600th Regiment

Training Depot

1st Reserve Regiment

2nd Reserve Regiment

Army Troops attached

Cavalry regiment

Artillery regiment

Engineer regiment

Armoured regiment

Motor regiment

Signal battalion

2. VI ARMY (Lieut.-General Kan Li-chu)
entered Burma during Feb-42
49th Division (Major-General Peng Pi-shen)

145th Regiment

146th Regiment

147th Regiment

55th Division (Lieut.-General Ch抏n Mien-wu)

1st Regiment

2nd Regiment

3rd Regiment

93rd Division (Lieut.-General Lu Kuo Ch抲an)

277th Regiment

278th Regiment

279th Regiment

Army Troops attached

Engineer battalion

Transport battalion

Signal Battalion

1st Battalion, 13th Artillery Regiment

3. LXVI ARMY (Major-General Ma Wei-chi) entered Burma from mid-Apr-42

28th Division (Major-General Liu Po-lung)

82nd Regiment

83rd Regiment

84th Regiment

38th Division (Lieut.-General Sun Li-jen)

112th Regiment

113th Regiment

114th Regiment

29th Division (Major-General Ma Wei-chei)

85th Regiment

86th Regiment

87th Regiment

Army Troops attached

1st Battalion, 18th Artillery Regiment


(1) The strength of a Chinese regiment was equivalent to the strength of a British battalion, that of a division to a British brigade and that of an army to a British division.

(2) The Chinese formations had in general no supporting or ancillary units and very little transport.

(3) The infantry were not all equipped with rifles.

Best Regard
What I also want to add is during the second Chinese Civil War those troops were the elite troops of Nationalists.

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Post by pitman » 04 Apr 2007 21:20

The Chinese did send troops into North Vietnam to accept the Japanese surrender there.

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Post by Leonard » 13 Apr 2007 11:17

Most of the counter attack in Northern Burma at 1944-45 are handled by the CAI (Chinese Army in India) under the command of Stilwell.

It consists of:
New 1st Army (N38D, N30D), and
New 6th Army (N22D, 14D, 50D)

There is also the 1st Provisional Tank Group, which is a joint Chinese-American tank unit. Its 1st tank battalion takes part in allies offense in Burma.

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