The Mysterious Greek – German Spies in China (3)

This is part of an occasional series on German espionage networks in China during World War Two. In 1943, one of the key German intelligence operations in China was a … Continue Reading →

Manchukuo pilots

Chiang’s List

China’s leader Chiang Kai-shek tried something new in late 1936 when his armies were faced with the attacks of Chinese puppet troops fighting for the Japanese. He lured them with … Continue Reading →

Mon Dieu! The Fate of a French Port in China

The Allied victory in the war in Asia in 1945 meant the end of not just Japanese imperialism in the region, but also, paradoxically, European imperialism. An example of this is the fate … Continue Reading →


Chinese Reeneactors on Film!

In the world of reenactment, China enthusiasts are a small, but dedicated and growing group. These videos, kindly provided by Ryan Daniels, are from a recent event in Massachusetts and … Continue Reading →


German Spies in China (2)

German intelligence operations in China were thoroughly reorganized in the fall of 1942, and a new top spy was put in charge. His name was Ludwig Eisentraeger, but he called … Continue Reading →

German Spies in China (1)

In June 1940, German official Theodor Louis Siefken, who was working in Italy extracting Germans from East Africa amid the widening war with Great Britain, was recalled to Berlin. His … Continue Reading →


Russians in the Service of the Japanese Emperor

Caucasians in Japanese-looking uniforms like the group in the photo to the left do not belong to the average type of World War Two imagery. In fact, the men in the picture … Continue Reading →


A Date to Remember – Or Forget

September 18 is a date many Chinese want to remember, and some Japanese want to forget. On that date, in 1931, Japanese officers blew up a piece of railroad at … Continue Reading →


Reenactors in Taiwan

Reenactment seems to be growing worldwide. Along with war gaming it is one of the ways that history enthusiasts can get a physical feel for the periods that they study in … Continue Reading →


Shanghai: Wicked Old ‘Paris of the Orient’

“Keenly observant”, “riveting”, ” marvellous, microscopically descriptive” — the reviewers have rained down the superlatives on Canadian non-fiction writer Taras Grescoe’s new book Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue in a Doomed … Continue Reading →