Peshawar Lancers Redux: Asia

The Chinese and the Japanese diplomatic group met in Hong Kong where the British and Hawaiians attempted to reach some agreements that might lead to a wider peace agreement between the parties. China wanted Hainan Island back and a total withdrawal of all Japanese from the southern region.
The British and Hawaiians had dispatched military groups to any area where conflicts would break out in order to stop the fighting.
Japan withdrew forces fron the Chinese mainland opposite Hainan Island and also removed any Japanese citizens from that area. The Chinese welcomed the move as they said that it was a move in the right direction.
Japan had reached an agreement with the Republic of China. It agreed to a withdrawal from Hainan Island over the next 10 years. Once it withdrew it would cease Naval Patrol in that area.
Japan was beginning product of an improved tank and Self Propelled Gun
Retired General Douglas MacArthur was in the Philippines overseeing the re-equipping of that country's military. President Roosevelt had not recalled the General to Federal service as he felt that he was a pain to have to deal with. The General was toying with the idea of returning home and running for President. The Nationalist-Republicans were cool to the idea and the Democrats were only likely to support him if they thought he was the only chance to win.
General George S Patton was lent by the US Government to establish the Chinese Armored School. With American advisors he was to train the Chinese Army in armored warfare.
General Patton during his visit to Manchuria was quite frank in pointing out the faults with Japanese armor. He did find that the newer vehicles were better than the older ones but frankly the armor and the guns were inferior to the Russians.
His 1 year stay in China saw the creation of a Nationalist Chinese tank force that was capable. He recommended more Medium tanks and armored infantry.
Britain was reorganizing the Garrison in the Royal Crown Colony of Hong Kong. Currently there were 2 Infantry Brigades of Regulars consisting each of two Battalions of British Infantry and 1 of Gurkha with a Battalion of field artillery attached. The force also had 1 Tank Regt equipped with Comets, 1 Medium Field Artillery Rgt, 1 Antitank Artillery Bn and an under-strength Engineer Bn. There was the First Royal Hong Kong Infantry Brigade which had 1 full strength Battalion of British-Chinese Infantry and 2 Territorial Battalions of British Chinese at cadre strength. the Second Royal Hong Kong Infantry Brigade had 3 Cadre strength infantry Bns and 1 Cadre strength artillery bn.
There was also the 2nd Hong Kong Hussars equipped with Cromwell tanks There was the RAF Medium AA Artillery Rgt and the Royal Hong Kong RAF Lt AA Artillery Rgt
A third Royal Hong Kong Infantry Brigade had been deactivated but was going to be reactivated to a cadre strength Brigade.
Japan approached Germany in late 1945 for assistance in developing a better tank and jet aircraft. The Germans were working on the Me-262 although the aircraft would not actually enter production until 1946. The Japanese developed the Nakajima Kikka as a result and it entered production in 1946 as a result of the growing Russian threat


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With rising tensions with Russia the government of Japan was seeking help in replacing its armored force. It had reached an agreement wit the Skoda Armament works of the Austrian Empire. The tank would be built in the Czech factory for the first 120 vehicles but Japan would be allowed to produce the vehicle in Japan. The Automatic 75mm gun would be shipped to Japan for the Japanese built tank.
The Republic of China purchased every Sherman tank that it could lay its hands on in the US and Canada. It even bought vehicles that were nonoperational. The result was that 498 tanks were purchased and shipped to China. On arrival in China the non operational tanks were taken apart and rebuilt. China also bought every M-10 and M-18 tank destroyer that it could find. The M-18s were rearmed with the Jackson M-36 turrets and sent to China.
Both China and Japan were uncertain as to the direction that the new President would take. In the House of Representatives he had served on the Armed Serves Committee and had been Chairman of the subcommittee which had overseen weapons development. He had also served on the Foreign Relations Committee and had been deputy Majority leader.