Taken by a US soldier who was stationed in Peking in 1928. The date behind the photo coincide with wrtten history which stated Yan Xishan entered Peking in June 1928. The flag shows these soldiers belonged to the 3rd Army Group of the National Revolutionary Army. According to history, this was exactly the army group that evolved from Yan Xishan Shanxi army into the National Revolutionary Army.
In order to maintain Shanxi's neutrality and free it from serious military confrontations with rival warlords, Yan Xishan developed a strategy of shifting alliances between various warring cliques, inevitably joining only winning sides. Although he was weaker than many of the warlords that surrounded him, he often held the balance of power between neighboring rivals, and even those that he betrayed hesitated to retaliate against him, in case they might need his support in the future.
In order to resist the domination of the Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin, Yan allied himself with the forces of Chiang Kai-shek in 1927, during the Nationalist's Northern Expedition. While aiding Chiang, Yan's occupation of Beijing in June, 1928, brought the Northern Expedition to a successful conclusion. Yan's assistance to Chiang was rewarded shortly afterwards by his being named Minister of the Interior and deputy commander-in-chief of all Kuomintang armies. Yan's support for Chiang's military campaigns and his suppression of Communists influenced Chiang to recognize Yan as the governor of Shanxi, and to allow Yan to expand his influence into Hebei. To read more about Yan Xishan, go to //en.
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