CHP-151-The Flying Tigers Part 1

In this Part 1 episode Laszlo provides all the setup and background for the magnificent story of the American Volunteer Group, known more popularly as The Flying Tigers. Their’s was only an eight month long story but their success at a time when all seemed hopeless provided an inspiration to many and showed Japan was not invincible.

RECOMMENDED READING

Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and his American Volunteers 1941-1942

by Daniel Ford

 

RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER STUDY

The Jianchuan Museum Complex Web Site

The Flying Tigers Official Web Site

Ray Harris’s History of WWII Podcast

 

TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE

Zhong-Mei guanxi  中美关系  Sino-US relations

Zhōng-Mei hezuo  中美合作   Sino-US cooperation

Maguan Tiaoyue     马关条约   The Treaty of Shimonoseki 1895

Jiuyiba   九一八   The Mukden Incident of 9-18-1931

Qiqi Shibian  七七事变  the Marco Polo Bridge Incident 7-7-1937

Chongqing   重庆  The wartime capital of Chongqing (also known as Chungking)

Kunming   昆明  Capital of Yunnan province.  Terminus of the Burma Road

T.V. Soong   宋子文  The often US-based brother of the Song sisters

Ailing  宋蔼龄  Oldest sister, Song Ailing, wife of Winston H.H. Kung

Qingling  宋庆龄   Middle sister, Song Qingling, Madame Sun Yat-sen

Meiling   宋美龄   Youngest sister, Song Meiling, Madame Chiang Kai-shek

Baituan Dazhan   百团大战 the Hundred Regiments Offensive late 1940

Peng Dehuai   彭德怀  Legendary PLA general who led the Hundred Regiments Offensive

Sanguang Zhengce   三光政策  Japan’s horrific Three All’s Policy

Diamian Gonglu  滇缅公路  The Burma Road

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