Wang ching wei regime armed forces ???

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Wang ching wei regime armed forces ???

Post by stein55 » 25 Jan 2005 14:45

Does anyone have any info on the size of the pro-Axis Wang ching wei regime armed forces ??


I hear the army numbered just over a million men


They were in an offical state of war with the USA UK etc

Did they wear German style helmuts ?

Any info welcome

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Post by Goldfish » 25 Jan 2005 23:11

Wang Jingwei's army was large, but I don't think it had a million men. Some of these units were given new Japanese weapons and equipement, but most had to make do with captured Chinese weapons and equipment. This included German helmets, which some units wore throughout the war. They also had a small Navy. The Japanese, however, never fully trusted them and limited their resources and limited them to mostly pacification roles. I'm not sure if they ever officially declared war on the Allies, but I am pretty sure that they did, since other Japanese puppet regimes did. However, there woud have been very few instances in which Chinese puppet troops and American or British troops actually met in combat.

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Post by DrG » 25 Jan 2005 23:18

The Nanking government declared war on the USA and UK on 9 January 1943.

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Post by DrG » 26 Jan 2005 13:50

Stein55, almost certainly you'll find the info you need in this book: Rays of the Rising Sun: Japan's Asian Allies Vol 1: China and Machukuo by Philip S. Jowett & John Berger (see also: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=55530). It seems it's possible to buy it now on the Helion site, after a long delay; I do hope somebody in this forum has bought it, so I'll know an opinion about a book that one day (when I'll have finished the long list of books that I've to read) I have planned to read. ;)

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Strength of the puppet armies 1943

Post by asiaticus » 18 Feb 2005 00:59

I have Rays of the Rising Sun now.

So what do you want to know? It has a listing of the Nanking Army, North China Army, Inner Mongolian Army and Manchukuoan Army in March 1943 based on a British intel estimate, in its Appendix A.

Totals at that tiime were:
N. China Political Council 93,280

Nanking Government
E. China 159,570
C. China 49,000
S. China 47,000

Inner Mongolia & Suiyan 17,130

Manchukuo 349,510

Total 694,640

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