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Han Fuju

Han Fuju

Han Fuju or Han Fu-chü (1890 - 24 January 1938) was a member of the Kuomintang, who once held the position as the Governor of Shandong. He took over Zhang Zongchang's role as the warlord in Shandong Province after the latter's demise. He was originally loyal to Feng Yuxiang, but later defected to Chiang Kai-Shek's Nanjing government. In the mid 1930's he was the target of Japanese attempts to get him to incorporate his province of Shandong into one of the North China puppet states they were attempting to construct.

After the onset of the Second Sino-Japanese War, he commanded the 3rd Army Group and in 1938 was made Deputy Commander in Chief of the 5th War Area defending the lower Yellow River valley. When the Japanese crossed the river he abandoned his base in Jinan and was later executed by Chiang Kai-shek for not wanting to defend Shandong so as to preserve his own power. Chiang did this to set an example for those not following his orders.

Career

  • 1928 - 1930 Chairman of the Government of Henan Province
  • 1930 - 1938 Governor of Shandong
  • 1937 General Officer Commanding 3rd Route Army
  • 1937 - 1938 Commander in Chief 3rd Army Group
  • 1938 Deputy Commander in Chief 5th War Area
  • 1938 Arrested at meeting for failing to defend Shandong and was executed.

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