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China - Twentieth Century - Sino-Japanese Wars

Censors of the Japanese War Machine (Ken Magazine, 1938)

"The Japanese censorship boards have drafted regulations for the press in territory under their control, and unsuccessful attempts were made to control news dispatches in Shanghai's foreign-owned newspapers. In Peiping, Tientsin, Tsingtao and other cities where the Japanese are in complete control, foreign editors are having their troubles, as evidenced by the 'secret' instructions to the press issued by the Special Military Missions to China, with Headquarters in Peiping... Under the heading 'Important Standards for Press Censorship' come the following regulations..."

-what follows is an enormous laundry list of "DONT'S" issued to the officers of the foreign press stationed in Japanese-occupied China.


General Dai Li: ''The Himmler of The East (Collier's, 1946)

Kind words are written herein by Lt. Commander Charles G. Dobbin regarding the "Himmler of the East", General Dai Li(1897 - 1946), founder of China's secret police under Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (1887 1975). Written in 1946, this reminiscence concerns the tight cooperation that existed between General Li's guerrilla units and the American military (Sino-American Co-Operative Organization: S.A.C.O.) during the later years of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Dobbins emphasized how deeply General Dai Li's intelligence operatives were able to circulate during the period in which U.S. Rear Admiral Milton "Mary" Miles commanded the S.A.C.O. troops.


The Battle at the Great Wall (Literary Digest, 1933)

"...Peiping Associated Press dispatches tell of a major battle between Japanese and Chinese armies for possession of Chiumenkow Pass in the Great Wall of China. The Pass is one of the most important gateways leading into the rich province of Jehol which, it is reported, Japan purposes to cut off from China and add to Manchukuo...This collision forms the second chapter in the Shanhaikwan dispute, and it comes quickly."


The Japanese Soldier (Literary Digest, 1933)

An article that seems remarkable for lacking those politically correct qualities we're all so used to reading in today's magazine columns, this article presents a somewhat slanted, pro-Western vision of the Japanese Army, depicting it as an organized and highly disciplined peasant army:

"Some of the finest raw material in the world makes up Japan's infantry...The material is not so adaptable for horsed and mechanized units, as the Japanese possess little natural aptitude for dealing with animals or machines."

Some attention is paid to the strict diet of the Japanese soldier.

Click here to read a 1945 assessment of the World War II Japanese soldier.


Japan's China Poicy (Literary Digest, 1935)

"What was called a Japanese 'Monroe Doctrine for Asia' whereby Japan would wield dominance there, especially in Chinese affairs, was announced last April, and drew the immediate attention of the world's press."

"In the last days of this January a following-up of this intention was seen in a series of talks at Nanking between Chiang Kai-shek, President and Generalissimo of the Nationalist Government of China, and Lieutenant-General Soshiyuki Suzuki, Japanese military representative at Shanghai; and among Akira Ariyoshi, Japanese Minister to China, and General Chiang and Premiere Wang Ching-wei."


Eyes on Chiang Kai-Shek (Ken Magazine, 1938)

"Before the war was hours old, Chiang's most secret plans were known to the Japs. Again and again Jap actions showed foreknowledge of Chiang's movements and stratagems, as discussed and decided with his most trusted leaders. This explains many mysterious incidents, and makes China's apparent 'spy complex' fully understandable."


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