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Re: An abstract of the five Migrations of the Hakkas (2)
>I read that the leaders of the 2 Hakka bandit groups
>in the Jing Gang Shan area, Wang Zuo and yuan Wencao,
>joined Mao with 600 men, to realize his vision.
Edgar Snow was in the Communist capital, Pao An (later the
Communists moved their capital to Yenan)
from June 1936 to October 1936.
While there Snow interviewd many Communist leaders.
Regarding the two bandit leaders Mao Tse-tung told Snow that,
"Two former bandit leaders near Chingkangshan, named Wang Tso and Yuan
Wen-t'sai, joined the Red Army in the winter of 1927. This increased the
strength to about three regiments. Wang and Yuan were both made regimental
commanders and I was an army commander. These two men, although former
bandits, had thrown in their forces with the Nationalist Revolution, and
were now ready to fight against the reaction. While I remained on
Chingkangshan they were faithful with the Communists, and carried out the
orders of the party. Later on, when they were left alone at Chingkangshan,
they returned to their bandit habits. Subsequently they were killed by the
peasants, by then organized and sovietized and able to defend themselves."
Red Star Over China by Edgar Snow.
First published in Great Britain by Victor Gollancz in 1937.