Saturday, 9 December 2017

Taiwan Crisis 1958 Declassified





I found this de-classified US Government report on the Taiwan Straits Crisis of 1958 the other day. It has a section on the air warfare aspect of the crisis which is really interesting and includes some very useful details on the tactics and relative strengths of the Taiwanese and Communist Chinese forces. This was the first time the Sidewinder missile was used in combat and it gave the CNAF F-86F Sabres a massive advantage over the PLAAF MiG-17's. All useful stuff for Flashpoint: Taiwan, even if it's an earlier aspect of the conflict than the one I'm really covering.

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  1. Fascinating bit of history, this. I read a book recently by a Swedish Army officer about his tour of Asia in 1952. He commented about French Indo-China that "there will be a decisive battle in the northern highlands" and about Fromosa that "so much is being built up that something must happen". Guess he was about 1,5 right in his predictions.

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