Advising Chiang’s Army, Stephen L. Wilson

Civilization & Culture, History NonFiction, Memoir & Biography, Military NonFiction, NonFiction

Phil Saunders was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army in 1942. After receiving further training at Fort Benning and serving as a training officer at Camp Wheeler, he was assigned as a combat liaison officer with Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalist army in China. He arrived in the China-Burma-India theater in the fall of 1943 and soon discovered the Chinese soldiers were underfed, underpaid, unprepared for combat, and reluctant to engage the Japanese.

Advising Chiang’s Army details Phil’s two years spent in China and describes how the troops he worked with gradually became an effective fighting force, shifted from defensive to offensive combat, and ultimately defeated the enemy. The book also recounts his post-war career in state politics and with the National Labor Relations Board.

Advising Chiang’s Army is an in-depth military history book that will give readers a rare insight into the what it was like for ground troops in China during WWII. The book is unique because never before have I discovered such a book that explores the topics of this book, most WWII based books only focus on American troops and although this book does, it mostly focuses on troops in China and how difficult of a time it was. The difficulty was, of course, thanks to the war but also thanks to many influences, be it natural influences due to weather but also human influences which saw the troops struggle thanks to food and even clothing shortages. Advising Chiang’s Army is a comprehensive, intelligent and eye-opening read in which the author, Stephen L. Wilson perfectly guides the reader through China during WWII all while projecting a realistic image of what it was like to readers to inform them and make readers understand. Advising Chiang’s Army may be a history book, but the contents are still entertaining because readers will feel a sense of pure enjoyment while reading Wilson’s flawless literature. If you are a reader who is interested learning more about a pivotal time in history, then Advising Chiang’s Army is for you.

Advising Chiang’s Army is a book that follows a notable figure in history, a man called Phil Saunders who ‘was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1942’. Phil was a well-accomplished man who had received a great amount of training throughout of his life, and this training, as well as his expertise, led him to be ‘assigned as a combat liaison officer with Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalist army in China.’ Once there Phil will be shocked by the conditions in which the troops live in, the winters are brutal and the summers harsh, and as well as this the troops had no firewood and little food and hardly no clothing. To make matters worse, they were short of medical supplies which caused many dire circumstances. The author Stephen L. Wilson chronicles all of this throughout his book however he also chronicles how Phil did so much more than help the troops with regards to comfort, he instead also helped with their fighting ability and shifted them from defensive to offensive combat.

The story of Advising Chiang’s Army is a phenomenal one that at times is heart-wrenching to read. To read what the troops had to go through and experience was devastating and will undoubtedly move its readers. However, the book is not all doom and gloom because it celebrates the life of a decorated Lieutenant who accomplished great things during his service.

Stephen L. Wilson is a newly discovered author of mine, however, I wish I had found his work sooner because his writing is compelling and informative at the same time. Never before have I been so engrossed in a history book, I adore reading about history as I believe it is incredibly vital and essential to honor the memory of those who have served, but sadly some history books can be challenging to read. They can be difficult because some are full of too much detail which is not written in an entertaining or easy to understand way but Advising China’s Army, on the other hand, is not! Wilson has struck the perfect balance with his book because he has managed to write his book in an entertaining and insightful, informative way. In other words, the text is full of great detail, but it is written in an easy to read style which is accessible to readers which is always an excellent quality with a history book as they are aimed at informing readers with varying levels of knowledge on such subjects!

Overall Advising Chiang’s Army is an excellent, informative and compelling book that will entertain as well as inform readers on the events of WWII so I, of course, have to award the book five stars! Stephen L. Wilson indeed is a gifted author and this is thanks to his extensive knowledge and passion for the subject and telling readers the actual events which happened. Never before have I read a history book that is full of so much passion and enthusiasm from the author so I genuinely hope that you lovely readers take my advice when I write that you should read this phenomenal book. Be sure to have a read of the preview below book lovers and keep an eye out for my review of another book by Wilson which I am very excited to share with you!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Advising Chiang’s Army. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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Thank you Aimee for preparing and posting your insightful and thorough review. The details you mention demonstrate that you carefully read the book and ably emphasized several points that I hoped would resonate with readers. I also appreciate your conclusion that the book is appropriate for people with varying levels of knowledge about this subject, since that was a goal I tried to achieve when I wrote it. You have asked what inspired me to write this book. The short version of that story is as follows: My dad Allen Wilson and uncle Phil Saunders were fraternity brothers in college,… Read more »


Thank you for your kind comment Stephen! Your book is incredible and I am so happy that you are happy with my review. I love the inspiration behind your book and thank you so much for sharing it with us readers. Thank you again!

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