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Shang Chen (1889-1978)


Photograph of Shang Chen

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Shang Chen (Shang Zhen) was a graduate of Paoting Military Academy and had studied in Japan. According to Dorn (1974), who had served with Stilwell in China, Shang was one of the more capable Kuomintang generals.  He had a modern education and a long family tradition of civil service, was intelligent, but somewhat ponderous in his thinking, inclined to continue looking at all sides of a problem when prompt action would have been more appropriate. As with most of the better Kuomintang generals, he was a stubborn defender but less skilled on the attack. Dorn describes him as "faithful but unappreciated." Fenby describes him as "a polo-playing, English-speaking northerner who acted as liason with foreign forces and would become one of [Stilwell's] closest contacts in the Chinese military."

Service record

1889     
  born in Chekiang province
1908

Graduates from Paoting Military Academy
1911

Tohin School, Japan
1927

Governor, Suiyuan Province
1928

Chairman, Government of Hopei Province
1928
Major general     
Commander, Peiping and Tientsin Garrison Command
1929

Chairman, Government of Shansi Province
1931
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 4 Army
1931

Commander, 32 Army
1935

Chairmain, Government of Hopei Province
1935

Chairman, Government of Henan Province
1937

Commander, 20 Army Group
1940

Commander, 6 War Area
1941

Director, Foreign Affairs Bureau, National Military Council
1944-4     

Head, Chinese Military Mission, United States

References

Dorn (1974)

Fenby (2003)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-30)

Sih (1977)

Tong (1947)

Wilson (1982)


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