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THE WEIHSIEN CHAT GROUP




Weihsien camp World War II is a Restricted Group with 74 members.

Weihsien camp World War II



Group Description

(excerpt from © Captives of Empire, by Greg Leck).

Located two miles east of Weihsien, the American Presbyterian Compound in Weihsien was known by the Chinese name of "Courtyard of the Happy Way."

Its Shadyside Hospital, constructed in 1924, was considered one of the best constructed mission hospitals in North China. However, by the time internees arrived, all useable equipment had been looted or carried off. Student dormitories, consisting of rows and rows of rooms, as well as large buildings originally used as classrooms and libraries, housed the internees.

One of the largest camps in China, Weihsien housed, at one time or another, almost 2,250 internees.

Two internees who escaped provided information on the camp to OSS operatives in Chungking, while remaining in the vicinity of the camp with Nationalist guerillas.

At the end of the war Weihsien was the scene of an exciting drama when a seven member OSS team parachuted near the camp and were welcomed by the overjoyed internees.

Afterwards, Chinese Communist guerilla activity prevented the evacuation of the camp.

After an initial group was removed by rail to Tsingtao, the railway line was blown up.

Internees were finally airlifted out by Army Air Force planes.

© Captives of Empire, by Greg Leck

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