Chinese Expeditionary Force is an important army sent by Chinese government after 1941 to support British army fighting against Japanese invaders in Burma. They made great contribution to the final victory of the Anti-Japanese Invasion War in 1945 by building the crucial traffic lines connecting Yunnan in Southwest China and the Southeast Asia. International assistance in terms of personnels and materials were delivered to China through the life lane.|
Chinese Expeditionary Force comprised of 400,000 troops, half of them died in Burma in the three-year-and-three-month fight.
Zhou jingyu, 86, was enlisted by Chinese Expeditionary Force in 1942 and delivered from his hometown Jintang in Sichuan province to Burma frontline afterwards. He fought three big wars with Japanese army in the following 2 years and finally survived and came back to Jintang. He forgets most details of the war and only remembered his designations, officials’ name and the three wars he fought in Burma. His wife died three years ago and lives by himself. His two daughters married to the other cities. He still works everyday on his poor farm. What he gets can merely feed himself. (from qq.com)
The most memorable war for him is in Longling. He fought hand-to-hand with bayonets against Japanese soldiers and his shoulder was pierced by his opponent. He says he killed two Japanese soldier in that fight. He was sent to the US army hospital in Mangshi and the US doctor crammed a strip of bandage to his wounded shoulder and took out all the rotten flesh. Then his wound finally healed. He learnt some simple English expressions there and can still speak some English today. After he was discharged from the hospital, he could not find his army,when Japan surrendered. So he took trains with the other wounded soldiers to Zunyi, Guizhou province and begged his way home in Sichuan.
To make his supper, he must go to the cistern to get water. Jintang, his hometown, is the driest place in Sichuan. The cistern is two meters deep and only used to stock his drinking water.
This is his kitchen, a shack indeed.
He went to the vegetable cellar to take the sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are the only “vegetable” in the cellar.
Put in a handful of rice first. He has to keep his daily ration, or he may have nothing to eat at last.
Peel the sweet potatoes.
Cornstalk is his only fuel to cook his supper.
The supper porridge is almost ready.
The supper is OK.
He has no pension and still lives in the mud shack built in 1950s.
From Beijing shots