FORMOSA: Ten Years Later

FORMOSA Ten Years Later One bitter December afternoon in 1949, as the Communists swarmed down through southwest China, Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek, wearing a long Chinese gown, a grey felt hat and carrying a cane, gravely took leave of the officers who were remaining behind, and took off in his C-54 for a seven-hour flight to his last place of refuge, Formosa. He found little but desolation. U.S. air raids had shattered the efficient Japanese-built factories, and food production was sagging. Morale was at its lowest ebb, for few Formosans had faith in...

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