Wu Qiwei

Wu Qiwei (or Wu Chi-wei simplified Chinese: 吴奇伟; traditional Chinese: 吳奇偉; pinyin: Wú Qíwěi, Dabu, Guangdong, 1890–1953) was a Chinese military commander, who served under both the Republic of China and, after 1949, the People's Republic of China.

Wu Qiwei

LifeEdit

Wu Qiwei attended the Wuchang Army School in his early years, and then the Baoding Military Academy. During the Northern Expedition, he served successively as the Chief of Staff of the 36th Regiment, the 34th Regiment, the 12th Division and the 30th Regiment of the 4th Army of the National Revolutionary Army. During the Second Sino–Japanese War, he led the 4th Army to participate in the Battle of Songhu. He was then promoted to command the 9th Army in the Battle of Wanjialing.

In the fall of 1938, he was appointed as the Deputy Commander of the 4th War Theater, and then Deputy Commander of the 6th War Theater and commander-in-chief of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. After the end of the war, he became Governor of Hunan until 1946, and then he was appointed by Chiang Kai-shek as Commander of the "Bandit Suppression Headquarters" in Guangdong.

In 1948 he began negotiations with Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party, and defected to the Communist side.

In September 1949, he attended the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and was elected a member of the CPPCC National Committee. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, he was appointed a member of the Central–South Military and Political Committee and the Guangdong Provincial People's Government.

He died in Beijing in 1953.

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Order of Blue Sky and White Sun[1]
Order of the Sacred Tripod

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 吴氏, 吴奇伟, 万家岭全歼日军106师团1万多人