Wednesday, 2 March 2016

China's Wars

Besides the large quantity of Hexon II hexes he passed on to me on Sunday, David Crook also gave me a book ... CHINA'S WARS: ROUSING THE DRAGON 1894-1949 by Philip Jowett.

This book was published by Osprey in 2013 (ISBN 978 1 78200 407 3) and is divided into the following sections:
  • The Sleeping Dragon
  • Chapter 1: Brutal Awakening 1894-1911
  • Chapter 2: Revolution 1911-20
  • Chapter 3: High Warlordism 1920-28
  • Chapter 4: Undeclared Conflict 1928-37
  • Chapter 5: Full-Scale War 1937-41
  • Chapter 6: World War in the East 1941-45
  • Chapter 7: Red Victory 1946-49
  • Bibliography
  • Index
I have yet to read this book, but looking through it reminded me that the first ever article I wrote for the old WARGAMER'S NEWSLETTER was about a solo battle I fought between Chinese and Japanese forces. It also struck me that the fighting that took place during the inter-war period is an ideal setting for a mini-campaign ... or even a series of mini-campaigns.

Something else for me to think about over the coming weeks and months!


  1. Interesting stuff Bon. It reminds me of a conversation I once had with a Chinese student, we were discussing World War Two uniforms, and he corrected me when I stated that british uniforms " at the start of the war in 1939" altered by the end. He, for obvious reasons, didn't agree with my start date for WW2. It was an interesting reminder not to be too parochial!

    1. Ken H,

      The start date of the Second World War (and I've seen that title recently disputed by historians who consider that the Seven Years War was probably the first global war, and that the Great War was the second!) does depend upon when one's country became involved in it.

      All the best,


  2. Yet another book I own but haven't read.

    Hope you read yours before mine and get some decent game from it.

    FWIW I see a new 30 (31) years year from 1914- 1945. I'd disagree witht he Chinese student though. It was at the time a regional conflict that got folded into a much bigger one.



    1. Pete.,

      If one accepts that the Second World War was a result of the failure of the victors of the First World War to devise a lasting peace settlement (e.g. imposing huge reparations upon the Germans; not giving the League of Nations the ability to enforce its decisions), the the war did last from 1914 until 1945 ... with an uneasy armistice of 20 years in the middle.

      All the best,