The Collected Wartime Messages of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, 1937-1945 - Vol. 1

The Collected Wartime Messages of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, 1937-1945 - Vol. 1

The Collected Wartime Messages of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, 1937-1945 - Vol. 1

The Collected Wartime Messages of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, 1937-1945 - Vol. 1

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The leadership of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek must be accounted the chief of many factors which enabled the Chinese nation to win its long war against Japanese aggression. This is nowhere better evidenced than in the words of the man himself. From day to day and month after weary month, throughout the eight years of China's resistance, Chiang talked to his people--rallying them to self-defense, sustaining them in the depths of defeat and despair, and urging them on to final victory.

Now that the fight against Japan is over and one more chapter is added to Chinese history, it will be found that the greatest chronicler of this heroic drama is also its chief protagonist. There is no more fitting observance of the first post-war year than the assembling in one collection of all available wartime messages of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, for the first time complete in English translation.

As I wrote of a partial collection previously published, this is not a book written with the benefit of hindsight, when the smoke has been cleared from the battlefield. It is a book made up of what the Generalissimo thought and what he said while leading a nation in life-and-death struggle. The words contained herein are the product of war's each crucial moment. They constitute a living record of China's war and stand as a monument to the spirit of the Chinese people as well as a document of primary importance to historians of the war.

Ten days after the Japanese army struck at Lukouchiao, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek solemnly defined for the nation the limit of China's endurance. In a few words he set the temper in which his people were to face the longest and cruelest war in our time. In his speech, delivered the day after, the Generalissimo, rather than deal with the burning issues of the front, gave a farsighted and deliberate exposition of national reconstruction.

Resistance and Reconstruction. Thus was laid down the twin creed that stood the Chinese nation on solid ground for eight terrible years and runs like a leit-motif throughout all his speeches.

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