Author(s): Håkan Gustavsson
The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 was the longest struggle of the Second World War. It began with Japanese aggression in July 1937 and accelerated into a full-scale war with the Chinese Kuomintang Government. The Chinese Air Force was to suffer large losses during its conflict with Japan and during the first weeks of the war, its medium bomber force was practically wiped out.
This was a pattern that would be repeated again and again. Failing to receive support from the West, the Kuomintang Government led by Chiang Kai-shek secured a treaty with the Soviet Union to receive armament, including large numbers of aircraft and Russian volunteer pilots.
This relationship came to a close in 1941 when the US became the main supplier of armament to China as well as forming the short-lived but famous voluntary fighter group, the Flying Tigers.
Everything was to change with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, but the struggle was to continue until the end of the war in August 1945.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 September 2016|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||29 black-and-white photographs|