Peng Dehuai in his Marshal uniform
Order of Independence and Freedom (First Class Medal)
By his mid-thirties, Peng was one of the most senior generals in the Jiangxi Soviet (1934-1935).
1st Class
Peng Dehuai commanded the largest communist offensive in the war against Japan.
2nd Class
A statue of Peng now stands on the Chinese border with Korea, on the place that Peng crossed into North Korea in 1950.
3rd Class
In 1953, Peng signed the armistice agreement which ended the Korean War.
After returning to China from the Korean War, Peng became engaged in a rivalry with Mao Zedong over the political future of China (photo: Hou Bo).
Following the Korean War, Peng rose in prominence and is here seen welcoming Kim Il-sung to Beijing in 1955.
During the Great Leap Forward, many farmers were forced to work in primitive backyard furnaces in order to produce poor-quality steel.
Peng Dehuai (1966) was brought to Beijing in chains by Red Guards, where he would be tortured and publicly humiliated for years.

Ten Marshals: Zhu De, Peng Dehuai, Lin Biao, Liu Bocheng, He Long, Chen Yi, Luo Ronghuan, Xu Xiangqian, Nie Rongzhen, Ye Jianying.

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Peng himself was awarded the First Class Medal of the Order of August 1 (for his achievements in the Chinese Civil War from 1927 to 1937), the First Class Medal of the Order of Independence and Freedom (for his achievements in the Sino-Japanese War), and the First Class Medal of the Order of Liberation (for his achievements in the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949).

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Peng Dehuai in his Marshal uniform

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General of the Army Huang Kecheng giving a speech

Huang Kecheng

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Senior general (大将) in the People's Liberation Army.

Senior general (大将) in the People's Liberation Army.

General of the Army Huang Kecheng giving a speech
From left: Han Zhenji, Liang Xingchu, Huang Kecheng, Zhang Aiping and Wei Guoqing, marking the meeting of the Fifth Column of the Eighth Route Army and the Northern Jiangsu Command of the New Fourth Army in Dongtai, Jiangsu on October 10, 1940.

In 1929, Huang was serving under Peng Dehuai in a Kuomintang regiment stationed in northern Hunan.

He was made a senior general in 1955, and awarded the Army Medal, the Order of Independence and Freedom Medal, and the Order of Liberation.

Marshal Zhu De (1955)

Zhu De

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Chinese general, military strategist, politician and revolutionary in the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese general, military strategist, politician and revolutionary in the Chinese Communist Party.

Marshal Zhu De (1955)
Zhu De in 1916.
Zhu (second from right) photographed with Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai (second from left) and Bo Gu (left) in 1937.

At the Lushan Conference, he tried to protect Peng Dehuai, by giving some mild criticisms of Peng; rather than denouncing him, he merely gently reproofed his targeted comrade, who was a target of Mao Zedong.

Order of Independence and Freedom 1st Class.svg Order of Independence and Freedom (1st Class Medal) (1955)