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Supplying unique insights into chinese language army history, Nicola Di Cosmo gives an annotated translation of the one identified army diary in pre-modern chinese language background, delivering clean and wide details at the internal workings of the Ch'ing military. the private adventure of the writer, a tender Manchu officer scuffling with in inhospitable South-Western China, take us with reference to the 'face of the conflict' in seventeenth-century China, and enriches our normal wisdom of army heritage

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In the entry for August–September 1680 he says that only 5 of his retainers survived, having just mentioned 3 who had died. Even admitting that the 3 who died did not necessarily have to be his retainers, it is likely that at least 1 or 2 were. 68 The loss of twenty horses he mentions at some point that belonged to him and presumably to his retainers also indicates a high rank. Finally, a high-ranking officer named Ganduhai appears in several passages to have been his direct superior. This may have been a Banner Commander or viceBanner Commander, although his specific rank is not mentioned, probably because given in the missing parts of the diary.

The siege of Kunming continued for months, but in December the city fell, and the suicide of Wu Shifan, on December 7, 1681, brought the rebellion to an end. The demobilization of the Qing troops, however, was no easy matter. All together there were approximately 150,000 Banner troops and 400,000 Green Standard Army troops that had been mobilized. Already in the summer of 1679 the Mongolian troops from Hunan and Hubei had been recalled to Beijing. Also, in September 1681, before the fall of Kunming, the Manchu troops still remaining in Sichuan were almost completely called back to Beijing.

Exactly a year later, on October 21, 1981, he was reinstated to this rank as a position became vacant when a jalan-i janggin called Fafuri was moved to another post. In battle he is often seen carrying a flag, and occupying positions of leadership. Moreover, he is well-informed about the general strategy and tactical maneuvers decided by the top military officers. Another indication of his holding a medium-high rank is provided by the number of servants and horses he had with him. In the entry for August–September 1680 he says that only 5 of his retainers survived, having just mentioned 3 who had died.

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