US Armed Forces in China 1856–1941

US Armed Forces in China 1856–1941

Men-at-Arms 455
  • Author: John Langellier
  • Illustrator: Mike Chappell
  • Short code: MAA 455
  • Publication Date: 10 May 2009
  • Number of Pages: 48
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This volume reveals the little-known story of the 90-year presence of American forces in China until the fall of Peking in 1941. Included is coverage of the first operations on the Pearl River in 1856 as well as US involvement in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. As China entered a chaotic period in her history, known as the years of the "Warlords”, American marines also participated in numerous small-scale amphibious landings. Finally, during the later Sino-Japanese War and early into World War II, US volunteers of the "Flying Tigers” became renowned for their combat missions in support of Chinese Nationalist forces, and their aerial duels are also recounted by the author John P. Langellier, who has spent several years researching the subject in the US and China. Discover the history of these various actions and the different services involved, recreated in color artwork and illustrated with rare, previously unpublished photographs.

Biographical Note

John P. Langellier received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History from the University of San Diego and his Ph.D. in Military History from Kansas State University. He is the author of numerous books and monographs, and has worked as a historical curator for several years. He has previously written MAA 281, WAR 31 and CAM 95 for Osprey Publishing and has researched this particular subject in both the US and China. Mike Chappell comes from an Aldershot family with British Army connections stretching back several generations. He enlisted as a teenage private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1952 and retired in 1974, as RSM of the 1st Battalion The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers), after seeing service in Malaya, Cyprus, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Ulster and home garrisons. He began painting military subjects in 1968 and has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator. Mike has written and illustrated many books for Osprey. Mike currently lives in France.

Contents

Historical background Chronology Bluejackets ashore - Canton, 1856 The Boxer Rebellion, 1900: 'Handsome Jack' Myers in the Legations - Adna Chaffee and the relief expedition Occupation, 1900-05 The US Army at Tientsin, 1912-38 The US Marines, 1927-41 The 'Brown Water Navy' - the Yangtze Patrol, 1910-41 The 'Flying Tigers', 1937-42

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