There are also many people who join the "puppet army". Although they are volunteers in name, they are not so willing in their hearts. After all, in the era when the barrel of a gun was in power, being able to enter the military service was a way for many strong men to avoid being massacred by the Japanese army. In addition to being directly killed and wounded by the Japanese army, being recruited by the national army, or being liquidated by the Communist army, man-made disasters caused by the war, and even man-made natural disasters, have also led to large-scale population movements and famines. Population movement naturally led to corruption of law and order and banditry,
and joining the army was a guarantee even telemarketing list for those who were not directly threatened by the Japanese army. Not having to go hungry was a major reason why many poor farmers volunteered to join the army, and even "sold strong men" to serve as soldiers for the children of the rich. Therefore, in addition to being arrested for strong men, survival should be the biggest reason for veterans to join the "puppet army" back then. As for ideological factors such as opposing communism, or expelling "white imperialism" and establishing the "Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere", they are all secondary. For example, Wang Hao, an old military policeman whom the author visited in
Los Angeles, joined Zhangjiazhou Squadron of the Jiujiang Appeasement Brigade of the Peaceful Founding Army in order to survive in the early days of the Anti-Japanese War. In July 1938, Wang Hao, who was only 14 years old, was accused of being a member of the anti-Japanese guerrillas and was arrested by the Japanese Koikekou Gendarmerie. Fortunately, there was a Japanese interpreter whose father was Chinese and whose mother was Japanese. The Japanese military interpreter named Zhang Jinsheng sympathized with Wang Hao, and spoke a few good words for her in front of the gendarmerie captain Zheju Jiaoping, which saved him a lot of suffering.