The ‘Spanish Doctors’ in China

This article about a little-known aspect of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the role of western doctors with previous experience from the Spanish Civil War, was written by Dr. Carles Braso … Continue Reading →


Nanjing 1937: Q&A with Peter Harmsen

Englishman Stuart Heaver, a former Naval officer and now a full-time freelance writer, has just published an engaging piece in the South China Morning Post about the 1937 Nanjing massacre … Continue Reading →


A Nanjing Martyr

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Nanjing and the Nanjing Massacre this December, the new English translation of “Yang Dapeng: Remembrance of a Martyr in Nanjing 1937” is … Continue Reading →


The Mystery Man

Shanghai in the 1930s and 1940s was a highly cosmopolitan place, and as war forced borders to seal up and travel to become dangerous or impossible, the city was the … Continue Reading →


The Missing Airmen

Daniel Jackson, author of Famine, Sword, and Fire: The Liberation of Southwest China in World War II, recently visited China in search of the remains of US air crews missing … Continue Reading →


Nanjing 1937: A Japanese Pilot Remembers

Kaname Harada, a Japanese fighter ace during the war in China and the Pacific, took part in the conquest of China’s capital Nanjing in late 1937, and shortly afterwards bore … Continue Reading →


A Chinese Agent in Burma

The article, featuring the extraordinary story of Chinese agent Li Jui, was written by Richard Duckett, a history and international relations scholar at Reading College. It was first published on … Continue Reading →


Battle for a Doomed City: Gaming Nanjing 1937 (Part 3)

This article, the last in a series of three, is an after-action report on a wargame based on the battle of Nanjing in 1937. The report is written by G. Jökull Gíslason, an Iceland-based wargamer … Continue Reading →


Battle for a Doomed City: Gaming Nanjing 1937 (Part 2)

This article, the second in a series of three, is an after-action report on a wargame based on the battle of Nanjing in 1937. The report is written by G. Jökull Gíslason, an Iceland-based wargamer … Continue Reading →


Battle for a Doomed City: Gaming Nanjing 1937 (Part 1)

This article is written by G. Jökull Gíslason, an Iceland-based wargamer and historian with a special interest in the Second Sino-Japanese War. It shows how wargames and simulations can add … Continue Reading →