Remembering the Long March of the Chinese Communist Party

Chairman Mao and Me

20th October 1935 marks the date that the 8,000 survivors of the infamous ‘Long March’ arrived at the Communist safe haven in Shensi of north-western China. Led by Mao Zedong, 100,000 members of the Chinese Communist Party marched 6,000 miles from one end of China to the other end in what historians would remember as the longest and fastest infantry march under combat condition.

Harassed continuously by the Kuomintang forces under Chiang Kai-shek and indiscriminately assailed by inhospitable weather and terrain conditions, the Long March ended in a 90% mortality rate for the Communist army. More impressive was the fact that all members of the march were on foot except Mao himself (who used the army’s only horse), that was severely ill with malaria.

The Long March is now seen as a symbol of the revolutionary zeal and commitment of the Chinese Communist Party to reunite China. Ironically, the Chinese Communist and the Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang) would join forces in September 1937 against the Japanese forces that invaded China. After World War II, Mao Zedong succeeded in uniting mainland China under the Chinese Communist Party and Chiang Kai-shek had to flee to Taiwan in 1949.

‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun’

~ Chairman Mao

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