The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949

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

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest army in the world. China is predicted to be on the brink of overtaking the USA as the world's largest economy, and China's military capabilities and global ambitions are the single greatest long-term pre-occupation of Western governments. The PLA has progressed steadily - if slowly - since its creation in 1949, from a mass army of unsophisticated infantry limited to 'human wave' tactics into a highly sophisticated force with wide capabilities. The most recent reforms (1989 to the present day) have been made possible by massive economic liberalization, and have seen not only the modernization of all the armed forces but the beginnings of global outreach, even including Chinese participation in UN peace-keeping missions to Africa, the Middle East, and Haiti. Featuring rare photographs and specially commissioned color artwork, this study explores the developing structure, organization, equipment, appearance, and character of the Chinese People's Liberation Army from its creation until today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 184 x 248 x 7mm | 250g
  • Osprey Publishing
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 b/w; 33 col
  • 1780960565
  • 9781780960562
  • 422,668

Table of contents

Introduction /Chronology /Component forces: the PLA regular and reserve forces, the People's Armed Police, and the People's Militia /Organization: command levels, educational institutions, defence industries, military regions, local commands, tactical organization (from squad to army group), airborne forces, border security, commissar system /Personnel: conscription and training, NCOs, officer corps, reserves, militia /People's Armed Police /Force reduction /Tactical doctrine /Uniforms: Types 50, 55, 58, 65, 66, 72, 83, 89, 97, 07 /Key equipment: small arms, light weapons, armored fighting vehicles /Plate commentaries /Index
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This is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in the military history of China and/or the modelling aspect of the subject. I am certainly looking forward to future releases in the series. - Military Modelcraft International
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About Benjamin Lai

Benjamin Lai was born in Hong Kong, educated in the UK, and went on to serve as an officer in the British Territorial Army in the 1980s and 1990s. Fluent in both Chinese and English, he currently works as a development and business consultant in China.

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, several 19th-century American subjects, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.
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