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Re: Chinese Air Force
>Maybe I can add something here for what it's worth.
>I spent a lot of time listening to these guys and
>we used to laugh like crazy at them. I can't see
>them having any success in those days except by accident.
>Bayonette warfare was "hightech" for them.
It is probably true. But take into account that the PLA of Mao was until
1949 esentially a guerrilla army (and a very successful one, endeed) and was
familiar with this kind of warfare which is esentially low-tech warfare. 2-3
years is very short time to learn the art of the armoured and mechanized
warfare, and the Chinese did not have the benefit of the WW2 experience.
Addittionally, the PLAAF did not exist until 1948-49, and until 1950 had
primarily prop-driven La-7/9/11 and Tu-2 (the state-of-the-art prop driven
Soviet WW2 combat planes) so the MiG-15s were extremely new for them. Of
course, it does not justify the Chinese tendency to inflate victories and
However, it does not mean that the Chinese were not smart and ables to learn
from their mistakes: I remind you that the Chinese could mantain the US
intelligence almost unaware of their inttentions in October-November 1950
until it was too late. Using sofisticated camouflage technics and night
movements they could movilize 200,000 men inside North Korea without being
practically detected by US recce planes, what is not peace of cake, and in
some cases the winter clothes of the Chinese were better than the UN ones,
who were not prepare for the CCF winter offensive.
Just my 2 cents,
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