Cover of: Red Wings over the Yalu | Xiaoming Zhang

Red Wings over the Yalu

China, the Soviet Union, and the Air War in Korea (Texas a & M University Military History Series)

1st edition

Published by Texas A&M University Press in College Station, Tex. .
Written in English.

About the Book

The Korean Conflict was a pivotal event in China's modern military history. The fighting in Korea constituted an important experience for the newly formed People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), not only as a test case for this fledgling service but also in the later development of Chinese air power. Xiaoming Zhang fills the gaps in the history of this conflict by basing his research in recently declassified Chinese and Russian archival materials. He also relies heavily on interviews with Chinese participants in the air war over Korea. Zhang's findings challenge conventional wisdom as he compares kill ratios and performance by all sides involved in the war. - Jacket flap.

Table of Contents

Aviation and the Chinese revolution : a historical perspective
Fledging years : the emergence of the People's Liberation Army Air Force
Promise, decision, and the airpower factor
From defending China to intervention in Korea
Months of frustration : plans and preparations
Soviet air operations in Korea
China enters the air war
From MiG alley to Panmunjon
Conclusion : Estimations, lessons, retrospect, and future perspectives
Appendixes. PLAAF aviation troops, 1950-51
Soviet VVS/POV forces in China, 1950-51
Soviet PVO forces in Korea, November 1, 1950-July 27, 1953
CPV Air Forces in Korea, December, 1950-July, 1953

Edition Notes

Series Texas A & M University military history series ; no. 80

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Number of pages 304
Dimensions 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
Weight 1.6 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library OL8816748M
Internet Archive redwingsoveryalu00zhan
ISBN 10 1585442011
ISBN 13 9781585442010
Library Thing 547373
Goodreads 1666985

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