china century

the signs as historical series

aries: Medici: Masters of Florence
taurus: Magnificent Century: Kosem
gemini: The Tudors
cancer: Victoria
leo: The White Queen
virgo: Reign
libra: The Crown
scorpio: The Empress of China
sagittarius: Versailles
capricorn: The Borgias  
aquarius: Magnificent Century
pisces: The White Princess

Chinese hair ornament, thought to have been worn by the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908).  Made from gilded copper alloy worked into phoenix-shapes, decorated with pearls, other gemstones, and kingfisher feathers.  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

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Chiang Wei-Kuo (October 6, 1916 - September 22, 1997) volunteered for the German Wehrmacht in 1936. Specializing in mountain warfare, he earned the Gebirgsjäger sleeve Edelweiss insignia. He lead a panzer tank section during the 1938 Austrian Anschluss and, earning him a promotion to the officer rank of lieutenant. He was given command of a panzer unit in 1939 that was to be sent into Poland but was recalled to China by the Chinese government before he was deployed.

With his sibling Chiang Ching-kuo being held as a virtual political hostage in the Soviet Union by Joseph Stalin having previously been a student studying in Moscow, Chiang sent Wei-kuo to Germany for a military education at the Kriegsschule in Munich. Here, he would learn the most up to date German military tactical doctrines, organization, and use of weaponry on the modern battlefield such as the German-inspired theory of the Maschinengewehr (Medium machine gun, at this time, the MG-34) led squad, incorporation of Air and Armored branches into infantry attack, etc. After completing this training, Wei-kuo completed specialized Alpine warfare training, thus earning him the coveted Gebirgsjäger (The elite Wehrmacht Mountain Troop) Edelweiss sleeve insignia. Wei-kuo was promoted to Fahnenjunker, or Officer Candidate, and was evidently a fine marksman, as his pictures depict him wearing the Schützenschnur lanyard.