Defending Central China, 1938: Military Leadership and Strategy


in Wuhan, 1938

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254459
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934603 | DOI:
Defending Central China, 1938: Military Leadership and Strategy

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This chapter discusses the military context of the spring and summer of 1938. To this day, General Han remains the highest-ranking officer in the modern history of the Chinese military to be executed for malfeasance and cowardly performance as a commander. Since at least 1930, General Han Fuju had exercised independent military and political control over Shandong as its governor. From all sides of the political spectrum, the Wuhan press applauded General Han Fuju's trial and execution and expressed support for Chiang's military leadership. Most of Han Fuju's Shandong army deserted after his execution, either joining the Japanese as puppet troops or turning to banditry or guerrilla warfare.

Keywords: Chinese military; General Han Fuju; 1938; military leadership; Shandong

Chapter.  4871 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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