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The Flying Tigers: Chennault’s American Volunteer Group in China

The Flying Tigers: Chennault’s American Volunteer Group in China published on

Authored by Office of Air Force History, U.S. Air Force

They volunteered. For a variety of reasons-patriotic, altruistic, mercenary, or just “for the hell of it”-nearly three hundred U.S. servicemen and a couple of female nurses volunteered to fight a war in a place they knew little about. Recruited at military bases around the country, the members of the American Volunteer Group (AVG) set off for the unknown in the summer and fall of 1941. While U.S. support for the Allied cause was growing at a steady pace, most Americans still felt distanced from the conflict enveloping Europe and Asia and did not want to go to war. At the highest levels of the government, however, entering the war appeared inevitable. The AVG was one way of gaining experience in this vicious war, while increasing support for the nations fighting the Axis powers. Despite incredible odds against them from numerically superior Japanese forces and a near complete lack of supply and replacement parts, they took the first successful fight to the Japanese during a time of Japan’s unrelenting successes. It was not pretty, and their legend has eclipsed the reality, but the reality of the AVG is still an amazing story. Led by Claire Lee Chennault, they made history.

Publication Date:
Feb 22 2015
ISBN/EAN13:
1508575746 / 9781508575740
Page Count:
36
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7″ x 10″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / Military / World War II

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