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POLL: Marines at Tsingtao 1945-46


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
yes, they made the right decision
46
43%
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no opinion
17
16%
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other (explain)
1
1%
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no, they made the wrong decision
42
40%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
During the Chinese Civil War that followed the end of WWII, U.S. Marines helped garrison the naval base at Tsingtao, which was home to the U.S. 7th Fleet. Increasingly, the Marines came into conflict with Chinese Communists.

Cooke, the admiral commanding the 7th Fleet, recommended increasing the Marine strength at Tsingtao, with the intention of retaining the base for U.S. use indefinitely. Such a move would support the Nationalists, provide a counter to Soviet strength at Lushun, and take a step against the Communists in response to their recent provocations. His naval superiors agreed.

The Truman administration rejected the proposal. By 1946, the Marines had withdrawn from Tsingtao.

In retrospect, did the Truman administration make the right decision?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.