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`Download Epub Ì The 1929 Sino-Soviet War: The War Nobody Knew ï For seven weeks in , the Republic of China and the Soviet Union battled in Manchuria over control of the Chinese Eastern Railroad It was the largest military clash between China and a Western power ever fought on Chinese soil, involving that a quarter million combatants Michael M Walker s TheSino Soviet War is the first full account of what UPI s Moscow correspondent called the war nobody knew a limited modern war that destabilized the region s balance of power, altered East Asian history, and sent grim reverberations through a global community giving lip service to demilitarizing in the wake of World War IWalker locates the roots of the conflict in miscalculations by Chiang Kai shek and Chang Hsueh liang about the Soviets political and military power flawed assessments that prompted China s attempt to reassert full authority over the CER The Soviets, on the other hand, were dominated by a Stalin eager to flex some military muscle and thoroughly convinced that war would win much than petty negotiations This was in fact, Walker shows, a watershed moment for Stalin, his regime, and his still young and untested military, disproving the assumption that the Red Army was incapable of fighting a modern war By contrast, the outcome revealed how unprepared the Chinese military forces were to fight either the Red Army or the Imperial Japanese Army, their other primary regional competitor And yet, while the Chinese commanders proved weak, Walker sees in the toughness of the overmatched infantry a hint of the rising nationalism that would transform China s troops from a mercenary army into a formidable professional force, with powerful implications for an overconfident Japanese Imperial Army in Well written and fascinating A well written and fascinating history of one of the last known conflicts of the 20th Century The author not only explains why and how it happened, but also lucidity details the military operations It is also an insightful analysis of why the Chinese lost and of the consequences for all the concerned powers China, the Soviet Union and Japan Excellent book. A well worth read.Half the book is notes and lists of sources Of the remaining half, about half of it is the history of Chinese and Russian relations from the 1880s to the beginning of the war, the military history of both powers, as well as the history of the Chinese Eastern Railway which was the focus for the war The remaining covers the then current state of the opposing armies and equipment, the actual war, and then the consequences from the war. An outstanding, detailed study of the largest military conflict between World Wars I and II, which set the USSR, China, and Japan on their respective courses to the outbreak of World War II in Asia.