OFFICERS AND ENLISTED PERSONNEL WHO HAVE SERVED WITH U.S. NAVAL GROUP CHINA

First edition. 54pp. Original stapled paper wrappers. A very good copy, the binding tight with just a little rusting to the staples and minor rubbing and toning to the covers. The contents remain clean throughout and are free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps.

A very scarce publication listing the personnel from the US side of SACO (Sino-American Cooperative Organization), a secret organisation formed by China and the USA in 1942 as a mutual intelligence gathering entity against the Japanese, headed from the Chinese side by the notorious spymaster, and head of Chiang Kai-shek's secret police, Dai Lei. The American forces, under Captain Milton (Mary) E. Miles, set up camps to train Chinese guerrillas in small arms, demolition, sabotage, combat techniques, radio handling, aircraft and ship recognition, and aerology. About 2,500 sailors and Marines trained and operated with the Chinese guerrilla forces, often behind Japanese lines. In total, they destroyed more than 200 bridges, 84 locomotives, and 141 ships and river craft, with their activities responsible for the deaths of around 71,000 Japanese military personnel. The organisation officially dissolved in 1946 following the end of the war. Material relating to SACO is seldom encountered.

Stock code: 18394

£225

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