What is Sino Records?
China during the majority of the 20th century suffered greatly from instability and turmoil, struggling to adjust into the modern world. Despite the history of 20th century China being relatively well documented, there are many small and obscure parts of China’s history not yet widely known to the rest of the world. This project, Sino Records, will be an honest attempt to bring to light these obscure chapters of history to the world. The subject matter this project will cover can include but is not limited to: politics, economies, military, conflicts, and persons of historical significance. Occasionally, there will be articles published on other East Asian countries, but only if there are enough information available for a decent article or if it is interesting. Please know that there is no dedicated post schedule, and that all articles will be released whenever possible.
By Leo Guo / April 3, 2020
Shangdeng No.1 was an overambitious design undertaken by the Chinese Shanghai Bulb Factory in 1958 to produce a multipurpose vehicle which could serve as a helicopter, a bus and a boat for the National Day celebrations.
By Leo Guo / March 31, 2020
The Model 281 was the export version of the famous Boeing P-26 Peashooter, purchased and used in China during the early years of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
By Leo Guo / March 9, 2020
The Renault ZB was an experimental tank developed in the mid-1930's. Although rejected for service with the French, sixteen units would later be constructed and exported to China where it was used against the Japanese.
By Leo Guo / March 7, 2020
The XB-3 was an experimental bomber designed by the Chinese 3rd AFAMF inspired from the Soviet Tupolev SB bomber received during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
By Leo Guo / March 1, 2020
The "twelve reasons" was a list written by Aisin-Gioro Puyi to plead his case to the Japanese of why he should be restored as emperor in the newly established Japanese puppet state of Manchoukuo.
By Leo Guo / January 30, 2020
The 1st AFAMF Zhong 28 Yi was China's development of the famous Soviet Polikarpov I-15bis fighter. Only thirty examples were produced between 1937 and 1944 and allegedly saw combat against the Japanese.
By Leo Guo / January 18, 2020
The 1st AFAMF Hummingbird was designed by Major General Zhu Jiaren and was China's first helicopter. No serial production commenced, but two prototypes were produced and both were lost shortly after.
By Leo Guo / January 3, 2020
One of the most common helmets used by the Chinese during the Second Sino-Japanese War were imported M1935 Stahlhelms. However prior to that in 1932, the Chinese attempted to produce their own Stahlhelm allegedly based off of the World War I M1916 Stahlhelm.
By Leo Guo / December 21, 2019
Dou Xiangsong was a criminal from the Heilongjiang Province trained by the KGB to blow up China's captured T-62 tank. It was the Soviet's last attempt to prevent the Chinese from studying the tank.
By Leo Guo / December 15, 2019
The 1st AFAMF XP-0 was one of China's attempts during World War II to design and produce a capable fighter against the Japanese. A total of ten (including prototype) examples were produced.
About the Author
My name is Leo G. and I am currently a student at the University of Toronto. I have an innate passion and interest for 20th Century Chinese history (and East Asian history in General) and I would love to share my research with the rest of the world. Though being an amature writer and research of history, I firmly believe that I can make a contribution to the ever growing chapters of history with my project, Sino Records.
Thank you for visiting Sino Records, and I hope to count on your support for as long as this project of mine lasts!