Monday, February 04, 2013

Dachen Island Evacuation Video

A friend passed me this link. From Wiki:
Until 1955, the Dachen (Tachen) Islands were part of the Republic of China (ROC), the government of which has been based in Taiwan since the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War. As the People's Liberation Army advanced through Fujian Province in the late 1940s, the U.S.-supported Nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-Shek's Kuomintang, retreated to China's offshore Islands. On January 20, 1955, the PLA conquest of Yijiangshan led to the First Taiwan Strait Crisis. The Formosa Resolution of 1955 passed in Congress nine days later in the United States, leading to the orderly evacuation of the Dachen Islands by the United States Navy in February. At the time, they served as the capital of the Chekiang Province. The U.S. Seventh Fleet used 132 boats and 400 aircraft to move 14,500 civilians, 10,000 Republic of China servicemen and 4,000 guerrilla fighters, along with 40,000 tons of military equipment and supplies from the island. Three days after the evacuation, the islands were taken by the People's Liberation Army. Chiang Kai-shek grudgingly allowed the island to fall to the Communists so that the other offshore island groups, Kinmen and Matsu, could be successfully defended.
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Unknown said...

where exactly is this

EyeDoc said...

Funny there have been no follow-ups on the lives of the evacuees. They actually settled in various parts of Taiwan. One group ended up in Tamsui, housed in the old warehouse of the Douglas Shipping Co until a fire broke out and the warehouse burned down. About 40,000 of the offspring have gravitated towards Taipei, now forming a sizable community in Zhonghe.

Anonymous said...

Didn't some end up in Hsin-she in Taichung County? Might have been 新三村?

stylth said...

could i have access to the private video? my parents & family were part of the evacuees from the island

thank you

my email address is stylth at gmail

Michael Turton said...

Shit, not my video. Cna't get access. Sorry!