These aged photographs feature KMT (Kuomintang) female soldiers stationed on the frontline in Kinmen, Taiwan in the 1950s.
Some several women openly served as KMT soldiers. During the War of Liberation (1946-49), KMT forces were defeated by the People’s Liberation Army led by the CCP. While some KMT soldiers went to Taiwan after the war, many stayed on the mainland.
On July 4 2013, The Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China announced that former KMT soldiers living in mainland China would be eligible for welfare under the social security system.
According to the Diplomat:
The soldiers had helped in China’s successful war against Japan from 1937 to 1945, however they did not follow the bulk of other Kuomintang troops to Taiwan in 1949 after the KMT was defeated by China’s Communist Party (CCP) in the Chinese Civil War. For the next 50+ years these former KMT soldiers lived under CCP rule , where they faced both discrimination and contempt. According to (admittedly incomplete) statistics, today there are still over 2,000 of these former fighters living on the mainland, most aged around 90 years old, about 50 percent of them in poverty.
[Images via: nandu.com]