Frederic Wakeman

in Spymaster

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234079
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928763 | DOI:

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This chapter traces Dai Li's entry into the ranks of the Guomindang revolutionaries. There are three versions of Dai Li's entry into Whampoa Military Academy, including getting a letter of introduction from the former boss of the Shanghai rackets, Huang Jinrong, to Chiang Kai-shek. He did not graduate from Whampoa. He left the academy in April 1927, was assigned to First Platoon of the National Revolutionary Army's Cavalry Battalion and joined the National Revolutionary Army during its march up the eastern route through Fujian and Zhejiang. It was around this time that he got the job that is the most emphasized as the key to his rise from obscurity. He worked as a petty officer for Hu Zongnan, who later recommended him for a job in the Nanjing office of the Whampoa Alumni Association Investigation Department.

Keywords: Dai Li; Goumindang Revolutionaries; Whampoa Military Academy; Huang Jinrong; Chiang Kai-shek; Hu Zongnan

Chapter.  5754 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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