Cloak and Dagger in the Jungle

Not much has been published about the Chinese war in Burma from 1942 and 1945, and at the same time little is known about the dangerous operations carried out by … Continue Reading →

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 Heroism of ‘Wee Paddy’: New Documentary on Shanghai Battle

British soldier Patrick McGowan was just 25 when he was killed by Japanese bullets during the battle of Shanghai in the fall of 1937. McGowan, of the Royal Ulster Rifles, … 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 →

A Photographer in Shanghai: The Americans

The war between China and Japan that broke out in 1937 was a modern media war involving the international press as an actor in the game for public opinion. This … 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 →