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Lo Cho-ying (1896-1961)

Lo Cho-ying (Luo Zhuoying) was a veteran of the Changsha campaign and likely commanded the Kuomintang 19 Army Group in December 1941, as well as serving as deputy commander of 9 War Area.  He was appointed chief of staff to Stilwell during the first Burma campaign. Stilwell was initially impressed with Lo, describing him in his diary as "snappy, energetic, forceful." However, Dorn describes him as "plump, indecisive and more interested in money than in men."  When the Chinese retreat turned into a rout, Lo seized a train to head for safety. Lo's train collided with an oncoming train on the single-track line, putting it out of business for two days.

When Madame Chiang Kai-shek wanted Tu Yu-ming appointed commander of the Chinese troops at Ramgarh in India, Stilwell managed to get Lo Cho-ying appointed instead, regarding Lo as the lesser of two evils. Lo demanded 450,000 rupees to pay his men, rather than the 270,000 rupees offered, and he wished the cash given to him as a lump sum from which to pay his men, a Chinese practice that afforded considerable opportunity for graft. Stilwell finally lost patience and got Lo recalled in November 1942.

Service record

1896        

Born
1937
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 15 Army Group
1937

Commander, 16 Army
1937

Commander, 18 Army
1938
General
Commander, 19 Army Group
1938

Commander, Wuhan Garrison Command
1939

Commander, Frontline Area, 9 War Area
1941

Deputy commander, 9 War Area
1942

Commander, 1 Route Expeditionary Army, Burma
1942

Chief of staff, Stilwell
1944

Commandant, Officers' Training Center, National Military Council
1945

Chairman, Kwangtung Province
1961

Dies

References

Dorn (1974)

Fenby (2003)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-5-9)

Romanus and Sunderland (1953)

Sih (1977)

Wilson (1982)


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