The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces

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The history of military forces, artifacts, personalities and techniques of warfare

The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces

This book is a detailed briefing on the history, organization, and uniforms of one of the largest and most important armies in the world, the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Known for its 1940s guerrilla origins and the costly mass attacks of the Korean War, the PLA was both awe-inspiring and ...

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Overview

The history of military forces, artifacts, personalities and techniques of warfare

The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces

This book is a detailed briefing on the history, organization, and uniforms of one of the largest and most important armies in the world, the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Known for its 1940s guerrilla origins and the costly mass attacks of the Korean War, the PLA was both awe-inspiring and mystifying to the West. However, the reforms that have taken place in the past 30 years have entirely transformed the organization, doctrine, and capabilities of the PLA. Dressed in a computer-generated camouflage outfit and, equipped with the latest tactical vest rig, body armor, and assault weapons, the PLA soldier has now taken his place alongside the most modern troops in the world. Illustrated with rare photos and detailed artwork, this book follows the PLA ground forces from Korea, through clashes with the USSR and three Vietnamese wars, to today's participation in multinational missions -and from the "Máo cap" and canvas shoes to the special-forces beret and sleeve patches.

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"Photos, extended captions, color plates and informative illustrations season this engaging effort.  The uniform and insignia details will certainly delight heraldry enthusiasts.  And charts, bibliography and index complete contents."
--David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com (January 2013)

"Any military library strong in either Chinese history or world military forces will find this a fine addition."
--The Midwest Book Review (February 2013)

"[The book] makes for a very interesting look into the PLA today and is a book that I found to offer insights that I had not considered. It is a book I enjoyed reading and am sure you will as well."
- Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (March 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780960562
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 433,029
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Origins of the PLA

Chronology & Key Events 6

Foundation of the People's Republic, 1949

The 1950s: the Korean War, 1950-53 - final clashes with the Nationalists - Burma - Tibet - the French Indochina War, 1950-54

The 1960s: the Vietnam War, 1965-72 - the Indian border clash, 1962 - onset of the Cultural Revolution, 1967 - Sino-Soviet border skirmishes, 1969

The 1970s: the Sino-Vietnamese War, 1979

The 1980s: renewed Sino-Vietnamese hostilities, 1980 & 1984-91 - consequences of the Tiananmen Square incident, 1989

The 1990s to date: first PLA deployments with UN forces - takeover of Hong Kong and Macau - the 2008 natural disasters

The Pla Today 18

Quasi-military roles

Organization: chain of command

Regular units

Reserve units

People's Armed Police

Militia

General Headquarters departments

Senior-level military academies

Military Regions and local commands

Current Tactical Organization 28

Unit identification

Organization, squad to battalion

Organization, regiment and above

Readiness classifications

Some Key Combat Arms 38

Army Aviation

Armor

Special Forces: PLA groups - PAP "Snow Leopard" Commando Unit

Airborne force

Strategic strike force: Second Artillery Corps

Personnel 49

Recruitment and training

The NCOs

The officers

PLA academies

Uniformed civilian personnel

Uniforms & Combat Equipment 52

Service dress: PLA - PAP

Combat dress and equipment

Select Bibliography 63

Index 64

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