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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Ascent of Sun Li-Jen by RangerElite

15 September 1946

It was a dark, moonless, night. The cold autumnal wind whips papers about General Sun's New 1st Army Headquarters, a shack in southeastern Manchuria, supporting their Manchu brothers repel another communist attack outside Shengyang. But there are other things to consider...

An old classmate from VMI made contact with him earlier in the month, renewing old acquiantences, but more importantly, trying to convince him of what he himself has been thinking for quite some time: deposing the paranoid and dangerous Generalissimo, that was burying the KMT and the Chinese people, with his insane obsession with the communists. General Sun Li-Jen was convinced that Chiang Kai-shek was wasting the very best of China, in a vain pursuit of glory and absolute power. Sun believed that China should belong to its people, not to any one man to do with as he sees fit.
Seeing Jim again made Sun yearn for a simpler time, when he had only to attend his studies and writing letters home to his wife, Xitao. But wasn't his path from the Virginia Military Institute until now leading him toward this moment? Wasn't that why he'd abandoned his studies in civil engineering, started in Tsing Hua University, then continued at Purdue University in the United States? To help China defeat it's enemies and be at peace?

Now, his old classmate is a member of the American CIA, the successor to the OSS, and he is a high-ranking general in the Kuomintang Army, leading the most successful unit in that Army. He has worked with the OSS before, with Detachment 101 and the Kachin Rangers, and knows them to be as good as their word. He also knows that this may be his only chance to save China from the godless communists and not have the European powers interfere. British units are leaving for Great Britain, leaving the bulk of their equipment for the Indian Army. His only regret is that he will miss working with the likes of General Bill Slim and General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, whom he'd heard had died of stomach cancer a couple months ago.

If he does this, Jim says that he already has the backing of the American military, and will be recognized by the American government. The only wrinkle in the silk will be to get Chiang Kai-shek and his son, Ching-kuo, in the same place, at the same time...

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