Li Tianyou

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Li Tianyu
Li Tianyu in 1955
Born January 8, 1914
Lingui, Guangxi, China
Died September 27, 1970(1970-09-27) (aged 56)
Allegiance Chinese Communist Party
Service/branch People's Liberation Army
Years of service 1928–1970
Rank PLAGeneral r.pngGeneral
Commands held PLA Deputy Chief of Staff
Battles/wars Northern Expedition, Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War

Li Tianyou (Chinese: 李天佑; Wade–Giles: Li T'ien-yu; 1914–1970) was a general (shang jiang) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. He led Communist forces to victory during the Battle of Siping. He was Lin Biao's chief of staff during the Chinese Civil War. Earlier in the war, he earned a reputation as a reckless military leader due to his intentional sacrifice of his entire division during the Long March, even though that bought more time for the Communist forces to retreat from the pursuing KMT forces.[1] During the Korean War, he commanded the PVA 13th Army which defeated the UN forces in northwestern Korea.[2]


  1. ^ Spurr, Russell (24 June 1999). Enter the Dragon: China's Undeclared War Against the U.S. in Korea, 1950-1951. Newmarket Press. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-55704-249-1. 
  2. ^ The Battle of the Chongchon

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