This march, no matter how wonderful it The Red Army was established inand after a series of uprisings and internal political struggles, the CCP announced the establishment in of the Chinese Soviet Republic under the chairmanship of Mao in Jiangxi Province in south-central China.
Self-sacrifice and compassion shown towards civilians made the Communists into heros. One Long March medic who talked to the Los Angeles Times recalled getting hit by a nighttime snowstorm before he and his comrades could build a fire or set up a ten, While the members of the climbed beneath a pile of canvas and huddle together, one young soldier insisted on keeping watch.
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Mao's plan was to beat the Nationalists to the river by tying them up in an area inhabited by the Lolo, a hill tribe notorious for its hatred of the Chinese. Why did he have only limited success in winning party members over to his ideas about the peasantry?
The subsequent arrival of other units including that of Zhu De swelled their total strength by late to about 30, troops. Survivors remembered wading neck-deep in ice-old water and watching bodies of slain comrades float by as enemy planes dropped bombs on them.
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