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Boxer War
Boxer War
The Kansu Braves were a unit of 10,000 Chinese Muslim troops from Kansu who were transferred to Beijing in 1898. They took part in the Boxer Rebellion when the Chinese fought the colonial western forces intent on looting China and spreading opium in the country.

 

They were commanded by General Dong Fuxiang. Dong was extremely anti-foreign, and gave full support against the invaders. The Kansu Braves attacked the 8 nation alliance relentlessly. They were dubbed as the ‘10,000 Islamic rabble’ by westerners. They were also known for their intolerance towards the Opium trade. The Muslim troops were armed with modern repeater rifles and artillery.
 
After the German diplomat in Beijing killed a Chinese civilian for no reason, thousands of Chinese Muslim Kansu Braves under General Dong Fuxiang of the Imperial Army and Boxers went on a violent revolt against the western invaders. Another Muslim general, Ma Anliang, joined the Kansu braves in fighting the foreigners. Ma Anliang would go on to be an important Chinese leader in the Warlord Era.
 
The Muslim troops led by Dong Fuxiang defeated the Seymour Expedition of the 8 nation alliance at the Battle of Langfang on June 18. The Chinese won a major victory, and forced Seymour to retreat to Tianjin with heavy casualties by June 26. Langfang was the only battle the Muslim troops fought outside Beijing, with the rest of their fighting being done in the city. 
 
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