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Modern War on an Ancient Battlefield:The diffusion of American Military Technology and Ideas in the Chinese Civil War, 1946-1949

Cheng, Victor Shiu


This article studies a hitherto unexplored dimension of the Chinese Civil War: the disparity between modern military technology and the conceptual and logistical capacities of the two warring sides. It argues that the advanced weaponry received by the Nationalists from their ally, the United States, as well as that of the Chinese Communist Party forces, often captured on the battlefield, proved to be a liability because the Chinese armies, burdened by insufficient logistical capability and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Modern China
DOI: 10.1177/0097700408318909


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