The Nationalist Army 193745

Chiang Kai Shek Nationalist Forces

Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and his deputy chief-of-staff General Pei Hsung-hsi left , reviewing high-ranking Nationalist officers in Chungking, 1944. All wear standard Chinese Army officers' uniform with Sam Browne belts and, in most cases, breeches with high leather boots. Chiang is wearing his version of the service dress with the addition of an officer's mantle or cloak. disciplined while the 250,000 soldiers of Szechuan in the south-west were described as the worst-trained and equipped,...

Chinese Civil War Weapons

Chinese Padded Military Winter Uniform

Chiang Kai-shek was not blind to the weaknesses of his army. His frank analysis of his officers recognized their lack of professional skills, their neglect or ill-treatment of their men. and their endemic personal corruption. His intentions were frustrated by senior commanders failing to co-operate with one another, each protecting his own army's assets like some jealous warlord, unwilling to risk his own men or more importantly, his equipment to help a neighbouring commander who was under...