New 'China Untold' Episode Explores the Myth of WWII's Missing Chinese Soldiers

By That's, December 23, 2020

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The 11th episode of China Untold is now available to download or stream online.

Mass disappearances conjure up an extreme set of emotions, and they genuinely are terrifying. The most recent and arguably most notorious mass vanishing in Chinese history is the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 – which vanished en route to Beijing with 227 people on board, 153 of which were Chinese citizens. 

While MH370 may be the first China-related mass disappearance to come to mind, it might not be the earliest – or biggest. 

According to various print and online sources, in 1939, during the horrors of Japanese aggression against the Republic of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45), almost 3,000 soldiers stationed in the rolling hills around Nanjing allegedly disappeared without leaving a single clue about their fate… 

In this episode of China Untold, host Matthew Bossons explores the legend of WWII’s missing Chinese soldiers and recaps another mysterious event from the former Soviet Union.

Download or stream the 11th episode of China Untold on SoundCloud (VPN needed) or at chinauntoldpodcast.com. The episode is also available on iTunes and other popular podcast directories.

For more information on China Untold, visit the podcast’s official website.


The China Untold podcast is a program that aims to introduce listeners to lesser-known stories from the Middle Kingdom. From urban legends and extinct religions to the PRC’s role in the global quest to discover extraterrestrial civilizations, this podcast is your essential guide to the weird, wonderful and mysterious aspects of the world’s most populous nation.

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