Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chinese Expeditionary Force

Until a couple years ago almost all motion pictures and miniseries on TV produced in China about World War II in China Theater portrayed nothing but the heroism and gallantry of Communist troops. The bloodshed and sacrifice by millions of Nationalist troops were either touched on lightly or simply ignored. Gladly, thanks to Hu Jin-tao, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, who spoke at the 60th anniversary memorial service held to commemorate the victory over Japanese invaders of the contributions of both the Nationalist and the Communist troops in the resistance war, the truth of history was gradually unveiled.

Chinese movie producers deemed Hu's talk as a sign to lift the long-lasting ban on Nationalist's efforts to the resistance war against Japan and became more willing to invest to shoot WWII films about Nationalist's side. Chinese Expeditionary Force (中國遠征軍), a popular TV series now being aired over the Mainland, was thus made.
To support British ally against Japanese army and to protect the Burma Road, the armed forces of the Republic of China were deployed twice to fight in Burma from 1942 to 1945. Nearly three hundred thousand men were sent to fight in the jungles of Burma and they suffered over hundred thousand casualties. This is the historical fact illustrated in Chinese Expeditionary Force.

A chemistry teacher of my junior high school was a member of Chinese Expeditionary Force. On his ventral side there were scars left by Japanese machine gun bullets.

Despite the regime on the Mainland changed four years after the war, Chinese on both sides of Taiwan Strait owe our freedom to those brave soldiers who sacrificed themselves in the struggle to fight against the Fascist. They shall not be forgotten.

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