China losses during WWII

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DavidFrankenberg
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China losses during WWII

Post by DavidFrankenberg » 16 Jun 2016 22:46

Hi,

i wonder how many men died in China during wwii ? Sometimes you heard 10 millions, but i have memories about 50 millions told by chinese sources...
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Re: China losses during WWII

Post by SVaaka » 24 Jun 2016 11:47

Only God knows, cause Communists were killing so much own people - same thing in Russia - neat arrangement during war kill everybody you will and after the war blame the enamy.

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Re: China losses during WWII

Post by The 51st Division » 23 Nov 2016 07:11

SVaaka wrote: cause Communists were killing so much own people
Nah the Nationalist government as well. China back then was a gigantic mess. Communists, Nationalists, local warlords, they all weren't that nice to the common folks. Forced conscription was commonplace, conditions in most Chinese militrary units (except the elite "Central Army") were horrendous, and there were multiple famines (I recommend the Chinese movie Back to 1942, a touching depiction of the 1942 Henan Famine). In 1938, to stop the Japanese advance, the Nationalist government even blew up the Yellow River embankment at Huayuankou, creating the 1938 Yellow River Flood. The flood stopped the Japanese (for a while), but also killed half a million Chinese civilians and created about 3-5 million refugees. Believe it or not, but of all the different players in the war, I'd say the Communists was probably the most humanitarian (obviously the timescope is only limited pre-1949)...

It was a brutal war indeed.
"The nation might be powerful, yet it shall be destroyed if it seeks war; the world might be peaceful, yet it shall be doomed if it forgets war."
--The Method of the Sima, Qin Dynasty Chinese Military Classic

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