1937 German Trained Chinese Army




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Published on Feb 3, 2014

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
Cooperation between Germany and China was instrumental in modernizing the industry and the armed forces of the Republic of China prior to the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Chinese urgency to modernize the military coupled with Germany's need for a stable supply of raw materials, put the two countries on the road of close relations from the late 1920s to the late 1930s. Although intense cooperation lasted only from the Nazi takeover of Germany in 1933 to the start of the war with Japan in 1937, and concrete measures at industrial reform started in earnest only in 1936, it had a profound effect on Chinese modernization and the capability of the Chinese to resist the Japanese in the war.
In 1934 General Hans von Seeckt, acting as advisor to Chiang, proposed a '60 Division Plan' for restructuring the Chinese Nationalist Army into 60 divisions of highly trained, well-equipped troops along German doctrines. The 88th Division was one of the first divisions to be reorganized and alongside the 36th Division and 87th Division became the cream of the crop of the National Revolutionary Army.

國軍德械師或德製師,是1930年代,中德合作期間,中華民國政府在德國軍事顧問的指導下訓練並改編組建的部隊,又稱作德製中央軍、德式中央軍、德制新式中央軍、德械師、中央軍德式裝備師、中央軍德式步兵師、德訓師(German-trained divisions in the National Revolutionary Army)。

The footage used is from the US film "THE BATTLE OF CHINA" which is in the public domain because it is the official work of an US federal employee.

Music played by the Chilean Army Band
Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0


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