Sino-Japanese Air War 1937-1945: The Longest Struggle

Author(s): Håkan Gustavsson 

ISBN: 9781781555361
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The Sino-Japanese conflict was the longest struggle of the Second World War.
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  • The first English language comprehensive book about the Sino-Japanese air war of 1937-1945

  • The result of fifteen years’ thorough and dedicated research

  • Explains the importance of the conflict in the context of the Second World War

  • Superbly illustrated with many rare and never before seen photographs

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.

BOOK ISBN 9781781555361
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 224 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 September 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 29 black-and-white photographs



Håkan Gustavsson is a Swedish aviation researcher and writer that specialises in the early air war of the Second World War. With a particular interest in the use of biplane fighters, he maintains that features biographies of pilots that saw combat during the war. Gustavsson has been in contact with numerous veterans and their families over the past two decades, unearthing first-hand accounts and invaluable material relating to their often forgotten wartime exploits.