January 1st 1936 - July 1st 1937
NEW POST MAY 10th
NORTH AMERICA SERIES GAME #3
DIARY OF A CHINEESE WAR LORD
THE HATED FRIEND
Chiang Kai-shek Diary
The Americans. How can you convince yourself to like them? They are stubborn. They are powerful. Not sure which ones come first. Bottom line, it’s hard to like them. In fact, had our relations with Japan been better, we would never have had to play nice with them. Thankfully, my wife, who studied in America, knows how to “handle” them. I shall call her up more often, to manage this tense relationship.
The Americans… How can I assess their true motives? Didn’t I order, last week, the plotters arrested and executed, after the latest American attempt to, to paraphrase them, “remove a leader incompetent and corrupt”? How can I trust those who dare try to deprive me from what is rightfully mine? I’m the Kuomintang. I am China.
There is no point, beyond the money they provide us by buying our supplies, or the resources they send in to feed our industry, in trying to do too much. Sooner or later, either them, the so called “United States of America”, or the USSR, this sleeping giant, will come to us and ask for our support against a more and more hungry Japan.
Japan… a stone in our shoe. As long as they will be on our borders, we don’t have the ability to create a unified China. Maybe they would let us deal with those Mao’s communists… but probably not. They are too eager to take land from us.
TERRIBLE TIME AHEAD
Chiang Kai-shek Diary
War is upon us. Lin Sen failed to calm down the Japanese appetite for more land and resources. Now, we both have troops near the Marco Polo Bridge. A clash is imminent. I cannot allow Japan to think we are weak. Steel is what will matter now.
Damned Lin Sen, what a fool he was to think we could lure the Japanese into peace talks. The only thing they understand is power. Power. I shall show them power. Hopefully, I was not relying on him to deliver anything substantial.
China is no longer a feeble country. With the help of Bai Chongxi, I managed to turn this ghost army into something quite powerful. The backbone of a modern army is now in our hands. If Lin could have bought me more time, who knows how far we could have gone?
We have soldiers. Tons of them. Legions of soldiers. More than 2 millions of them. All true believers of a new China. Disciplined and trained. Led by career officers. Not a rag tag assembly of terrorized peasants. Mao cost us when he fled with his Long March, but we learnt from our defeat.
We also have planes. Real ones, for once. These “Flying Tiger” volunteers impress me. They are eager to kill Japs. This is a good thing. If they prevail, they will give me air supremacy. If they don’t, their bodies will give reasons for USA to intervene. For the time being, I would say the Gods favor us.
And ships. Admiral Wang Shouting is quite confident in his ability to use a weapon with which we are less familiar. But he made a good impression when I visited the Ning Hai, a new class of Cruiser. Our old WWI vessels like the Ying-Swei will soon be a vague souvenir.
In late June, I ordered the full mobilization of our army. I also ordered General He Yingqin, in command of the 1st Theatre Group – the Northern front – to weaken the structure of our dam on the Yellow River. His engineers have done a wonderful work. When Japanese will come close to our capital, Wrath of Gods will sweep them away. Like sand by water.
I asked General Yonchang to act as my assistant Chief of Staff for the 2nd Theater Group. With his counsel, we shall be able to repel the Japanese.
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
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(2) Chiang Kai-shek (October 31, 1887 – April 5, 1975) political and military leader of 20th century China. Known as Jiǎng Jièshí (蔣介石) or Jiǎng Zhōngzhèng (蔣中正) in Mandarin.