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Wei Li-huang (Wei Lihuang) joined the Kuomintang in the early 1920s
participated in the Northern Expedition of 1926-1928. The outbreak of
the Pacific War found him in command of 1 War Area. He later
relieved Ch'en Ch'eng as
commander of Y Force in Burma.
One of the most capable and least corrupt of the Kuomintang
generals, Wei was known as "Hundred Victories Wei" for his successes
against the Communists.
Chiang Kai-shek is alleged
to have bought him off with land to ensure his political
reliability. He had a modern education and was highly
pro-American; his chief fault
was that he was ponderous in his
thinking, looking at all sides of a problem when prompt action would
have been more appropriate. For example, after taking Che-fang during the Salween campaign with a skillful flanking move, Wei waited a full month before moving on Wanting.
Postwar Wei again relieved Ch'en Ch'eng, this time in Manchuria. The fall of Chinchow left him isolated; his planned counterattack was forbidden by Chiang, who relieved him of command. He fled to Taiwan (Formosa) with the Kuominitang in 1949 and retired in 1955.
||Commander, 14 Army Group
||Commander, Southern Route Force,
2 War Area
||Commander, 1 War Area|
||Commander, Yunnan Expeditionary
||Deputy commander, Army
||Commander, Nationalist Forces in
Dupuy et al. (1992)
Generals.dk (accessed 2008-5-1)
Romanus and Sunderland (1958; accessed 2012-12-23)
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