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#501 KV7

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 0244 AM

Well the big conflicts of the Cold War were land wars or almost land wars for them too - Korea and Vietnam.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 0942 AM

China also had almost no ability to prosecute an air or naval war until this century. The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution set them back technologically two generations. They couldn't so much as make a ball point pen until the late 90's. Having a large land army was pretty much the only game in town.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 1311 PM

Two generations at least. Forget making a ballpoint pen, just knowing what one was might have been difficult to comprehend for many of them in the 90s.

 

Korea would fall under the category of existential land war, as there probably was some fear of the entire Nationalist Chinese army appearing there.

 

Not sure about Vietnam, particularly after the extent of South Vietnamese competence started becoming evident to the world.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 1420 PM

Neither war was existential, but the Chinese had a surplus of people to feed into both conflicts at the time since that was well before the One Child policy.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 1508 PM

China also had almost no ability to prosecute an air or naval war until this century. The Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution set them back technologically two generations. They couldn't so much as make a ball point pen until the late 90's. Having a large land army was pretty much the only game in town.

 

Their concept wasn't having a large conventional army only, but the modified People's war: https://en.wikipedia...ki/People's_war

 

Gist of it was to conduct a guerrilla campaign until conventional forces can tip the balance (ie Vietnam 1954 and 75) for which it's would be better to have equipment that doesn't require sophisticated maintenance (like T-55s or MiG-21s) in large numbers rather than advanced equipment. The Gulf War showed for all to see that sophisticated equipment was able to detect and kill before the less technological equipped army knew it was under attack, and the whole concept went down the drain.


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