Whampoa Military Academy

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Whampoa Military Academy

 

a Chinese military school founded by Sun Yat-sen, with Communist assistance, in May 1924 to train revolutionary officers. It was initially located near the city of Whampoa (Huangp’u), from which it received its name. Considerable help in organizing and running the academy was provided by a corps of Soviet military specialists under the leadership of V. K. Bliukher and by the political adviser of the Kuomintang, M. M. Borodin. Between 1924 and 1926 the academy trained 4,258 officers. In early 1927 it was moved to Wuhan; it was closed in August 1927. Graduates of the academy played an important role in the Northern Campaign of 1926—27. The academy’s staff included supporters of Chiang Kai-shek, who carried out a counterrevolutionary coup in April 1927. Many of the graduates, however, remained faithful to the revolution.

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Naumov, S. N. “Shkola Vampu.” In Sovetskie dobrovol’tsy o pervoi grazhdanskoi revoliutsionnoi voine v Kitae. Moscow, 1961.
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The chief advisor to the Whampoa Academy was a Russian named V.
Between 1925 and early 1927, Ho Chi Minh and others enrolled at least 200 Vietnamese students in the Whampoa Academy to study politics and military science.
In late 1924, he arrived in Guangzhou, where Ho Chi Minh recruited him and admitted him into the Vietnamese Revolutionary Youth League (formed there in 1925), instructed him to learn Chinese fast and enrolled him in the Whampoa academy. Of the 700 students studying in his Whampoa class, Hung claims that there were around 100 Vietnamese.
Landis, 'Training and indoctrination at the Whampoa academy', in China in the 1920s: Nationalism and revolution, ed.
The Whampoa Academy, commanded by Chiang Kai-shek, became the core training institute for Nationalist military leaders and was relocated to Fengshan on Taiwan in 1950 when the Nationalists withdrew to Taiwan following their defeat by Mao Zedong's communist forces.