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18th Mar '17 9:35:01 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* YouAreInCommandNow: Mao eventual ascent as the leader of the Communists was achieved mostly due to the fact everyone else outranking him in the old Party structures or having bigger authority was killed or died during the Long March. The remaining big-wigs were [[AppealToForce quickly]] [[AppealToFear convinced]] by troops loyal to Mao to follow the new boss.
15th Mar '17 7:10:37 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* AStormIsComing: The short period between Japanese surrender and the resumption of the civil war was relatively peaceful (at least when compared with the slaughter going for past 12 years), but everyone was aware it won't last for long. GMD used that time to desperately sotrage as much supplies as they could, fully knowing they will have to abandon certain areas pretty quick.

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* AStormIsComing: The short period between Japanese surrender and the resumption of the civil war was relatively peaceful (at least when compared with the slaughter going for past 12 years), but everyone was aware it won't last for long. GMD used that time to desperately sotrage storage as much supplies and conscript as many people as they could, fully knowing they will have to abandon certain areas pretty quick.soon. Meanwhile, Communists were forming entire divisions using Japanese hardware handled over by Soviets.
15th Mar '17 7:07:52 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* ArmiesAreEvil: Warlord armies were, as a rule, brutal and corrupt. Many often attacked villages for loot,

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* ArmiesAreEvil: Warlord armies were, as a rule, brutal and corrupt. Many often attacked villages for loot, loot or just to get food.


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* {{Plunder}}: After capturing Manchuria from Japanese, Red Army troops were busy dismantling in a systematic way everything that wasn't nailed to the ground and shipping it directly to war-torn Soviet Union. And when they were done with that, they've also dismantled sizable part of the railway lines Japanese build there since the proclaimation of Manchukuo.


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* PuppetState: Japanese were setting those up in controlled territories to give a more friendly facade to their rule and then exploited them ruthlessly. The most prominent case was Manchukuo, established in 1932 with Pu-Yi, the last Manchu emperor of China (deposed as a little boy), as it's formal ruler.


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* AStormIsComing: The short period between Japanese surrender and the resumption of the civil war was relatively peaceful (at least when compared with the slaughter going for past 12 years), but everyone was aware it won't last for long. GMD used that time to desperately sotrage as much supplies as they could, fully knowing they will have to abandon certain areas pretty quick.
15th Mar '17 6:51:26 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* JoinOrDie: Knowing how bad the morale of GMD forces are, PLA commanders were often giving this choice to encircled enemy units. Unsuprisingly, most of GMD troops, especially those coming from former warlord armies, preferred to change side than get killed.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: GMD could probably fight for another decade, if not even get another cease-fire, but then [[DisasterDominoes Liaoshen Campaign happend]]. Entire North collapsed, taken over by Communists, in the process wiping out the GMD's [[BadassArmy New 1st Army]]. It hit morale so bad, the biggest enemy of GMD became widespread desertion. Entire brigades were either outright disappearing or, which was far worse, switching sides and joining PLA, thus providing Communists with well-trained soldiers, capable of using tanks and heavy ordnance.
15th Mar '17 4:19:59 AM Jan_z_Michal
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** Earlier in the war, out of all people, ''Soviets'' send their pilots, planes and personel to help Guomindang fighting the Japanese, lending in total over 800 planes and 250 pilots for them. While ideologies were at clash and officially Soviet Union withdrawed all support from Nationalists in 1927 (due to collapse of the shaky Nationalist-Communist alliance), [[EnemyMine Empire of Japan and its mainland ambitions were deemed much more dangerous]] than Guomindang could ever be. Even after withdrawal of Soviet pilots, most of their planes were left behind and created the backbone of Chinese air forces.

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** Earlier in the war, out of all people, ''Soviets'' send their pilots, planes and personel to help Guomindang fighting the Japanese, lending in total over 800 planes and 250 pilots for them.them under the Operation Zet. While ideologies were at clash and officially Soviet Union withdrawed all support from Nationalists in 1927 (due to collapse of the shaky Nationalist-Communist alliance), [[EnemyMine Empire of Japan and its mainland ambitions were deemed much more dangerous]] than Guomindang could ever be. Even after withdrawal of Soviet pilots, most of their planes were left behind and created the backbone of Chinese air forces.
15th Mar '17 4:13:24 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* EagleSquadron: The 1st American Volunteer Group, also known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers Flying Tigers]], under general Claire Chennault, is among the most famous examples in history. It turned out to be highly efficient unit despite miniscule size. Ironically, while formed as a direct support for Guomindang, it gained a massive propaganda value ''for Americans'', at it became operational just few days after Pearl Harbour, directly engaging and winning with Japanese while American forces were losing ground all over Pacific. Eventually the unit was reformed into "official" US Army Air Force unit. Today its probably mostly known for the iconic shark-teeth nose paint.

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The 1st American Volunteer Group, also known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers Flying Tigers]], under general Claire Chennault, is among the most famous examples in history. It turned out to be highly efficient unit despite miniscule size. Ironically, while formed as a direct support for Guomindang, it gained a massive propaganda value ''for Americans'', at it became operational just few days after Pearl Harbour, directly engaging and winning with Japanese while American forces were losing ground all over Pacific. Eventually the unit was reformed into "official" US Army Air Force unit. Today its probably mostly known for the iconic shark-teeth nose paint.paint.
** Earlier in the war, out of all people, ''Soviets'' send their pilots, planes and personel to help Guomindang fighting the Japanese, lending in total over 800 planes and 250 pilots for them. While ideologies were at clash and officially Soviet Union withdrawed all support from Nationalists in 1927 (due to collapse of the shaky Nationalist-Communist alliance), [[EnemyMine Empire of Japan and its mainland ambitions were deemed much more dangerous]] than Guomindang could ever be. Even after withdrawal of Soviet pilots, most of their planes were left behind and created the backbone of Chinese air forces.
15th Mar '17 4:03:26 AM Jan_z_Michal
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* EagleSquadron: The 1st American Volunteer Group, also known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers Flying Tigers]], under general Claire Chennault, is among the most famous examples in history. It turned out to be highly efficient unit despite miniscule size. Ironically, while formed as a direct support for Guomindang, it gained a massive propaganda value ''for Americans'', at it became operational just few days after Pearl Harbour, directly engaging and winning with Japanese while American forces were losing ground all over Pacific. Eventually the unit was reformed into "official" US Army Air Force unit. Today its probably mostly known for the iconic shark-teeth nose paint.
14th Mar '17 6:53:56 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* CrazyAwesome: Zhang Zongchang, the warlord that ruled Shandong at the time. During his rule in Shandong, he finally learnt to write and then proceed to produce gems like "let the cannon bombard YourMom" in his collection of abnormal poems. He also solved local drought by slapping the statue of the local rain god, and then ordered his men to pull cannons onto a hill and shoot the sky. He had the nickname of the "Three Don't Knows," because he allegedly didn't know how many concubines he had, how much money, and how many soldiers he commanded. He is also one of the more successful warlords at the time, using armored trains and White Russian mercenaries as his forces.

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* CrazyAwesome: Zhang Zongchang, the warlord that ruled Shandong at the time. During his rule in Shandong, he finally learnt to write and then proceed to produce gems like "let the cannon bombard YourMom" in his collection of abnormal poems. He also solved local drought by slapping the statue of the local rain god, and then ordered his men to pull cannons onto a hill and shoot the sky. He had the nickname of the "Three Don't Knows," because he allegedly didn't know how many concubines he had, how much money, and how many soldiers he commanded. He is also one of the more successful warlords at the time, using armored trains and experienced White Russian mercenaries as his forces.
14th Mar '17 6:52:38 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Local warlord being an EvilOverlord? Well, there are always the Nationalists. Inefficient GMD control? Wait for the Imperial Japanese Army. And lets not forget about the Americans supporting the GMD to keep the bulk of the IJA tied down in China (which they did admirably). GMD now ruling over the whole of China? It seems that the Soviets have just dumped half of their captured Japanese equipment onto the newly-formed PLA, who will proceed to win the next civil war using those.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Local warlord being an EvilOverlord? Well, there are always the Nationalists. Inefficient GMD control? Wait for the Imperial Japanese Army. And lets not forget about the Americans supporting the GMD to keep the bulk of the IJA tied down in China (which they did admirably). GMD now ruling over the whole most of China? It seems that the Soviets have just dumped half of their captured Japanese equipment onto the newly-formed PLA, who will proceed to win the next civil war using those.
14th Mar '17 6:52:19 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Local warlord being an EvilOverlord? Well, there are always the Nationalists. Inefficient GMD control? Wait for the Japanese Imperial Army. And lets not forget about Americans supporting GMD to keep bulk of Imperial Army tied in China.
* ArmiesAreEvil: Warlord armies were, as a rule, brutal and corrupt.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Local warlord being an EvilOverlord? Well, there are always the Nationalists. Inefficient GMD control? Wait for the Imperial Japanese Imperial Army. And lets not forget about the Americans supporting the GMD to keep the bulk of Imperial Army the IJA tied down in China.
China (which they did admirably). GMD now ruling over the whole of China? It seems that the Soviets have just dumped half of their captured Japanese equipment onto the newly-formed PLA, who will proceed to win the next civil war using those.
* ArmiesAreEvil: Warlord armies were, as a rule, brutal and corrupt. Many often attacked villages for loot,
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