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A firsthand account of China's developing Communist movement, recorded on location by one of the commanding officers of the U.S. Army Observers Group, known as the Dixie Mission.
The Dixie Mission lived in the caves of Yenan with the leaders of the Communist movement, Mao, Chou En Lai, Chu Teh, and others. Firsthand account of day-to-day living with these Chinese leaders behind the Japanese lines during World War II.
123 original photos of members of the mission, life in China, and the Chinese leadership. Portraits of eight Chinese leaders were taken by the official Chinese Communist photographer and gifted to the author. Photos are one-half and full page, reproduced on glossy photo quality stock.
Stamped with author's Chinese chop
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Colonel Wilbur J. Peterkin was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army during the Second World War, serving in the China Burma India Theater. He was an executive and commanding officer of the United States Army Observer Group, commonly known as the Dixie Mission. Prior to the war, Peterkin was a high school teacher in Sumner, Washington. Before commanding Dixie, he had spent almost two years in China. Peterkin went to school in Polson, Montana, and Portland, Oregon. He received a B.S. in military science and education from the University of Oregon where he was drum major of the university band. He was an infantry instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1941-1943. From 1943-44 he trained Kuomintang officers in South China. After World War II he served with the 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division (Reserve) from 1946-1964, and was the commanding officer 1948-1957. In civilian life he taught commercial subjects at Sumner High School and later at Franklin Pierce High School (Parkland), both in Washington State.Review:
Bravo! Colonel Peterkin's Inside China; 1943-1945 will be of great value to the student and historian because of his unique opportunities to observe and experience the differing facets of China during World War II. Coming to China with no specialization or preconceptions, he spent several months training troops of Chiang Kai-shek's National Government armies. He then was assigned to the first U.S. Army Observer Mission at the Communists' North China base of Yenan. From there he led a small group on a long trip of more than three months through Communist guerilla-held areas in North China behind Japanese lines. After his return, he was commander for a while of the Dixie Mission. This put him in close touch with the Communist leaders, from Mao Zedong down. Finally he saw the declining importance of the Mission as Ambassador Patrick Hurley interpreted American policy as requiring rigid support of Chiang Kai-shek. --John S. Service (Jack), Foreign Service, US Dept. of State
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Book Description Dixie Mission Books (Gateway P, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111607022354