Foreigners in the Long March: Rudolf Alfred Bosshardt, an European missionary

Rudolf Alfred Bosshardt, also known as Bo Fuli in China, came to China as a Christian missionary in 1922. He encountered the Red Army in 1934, and then accompanied the soldiers covering 6,000 miles throughout China. Bosshardt utilized his multilingual abilities to help translate a French map, which assisted the Red Army to seize the victory in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Bosshardt also was the first person to tell the story of the Long March to a foreign audience, with his memoir “The Restraining Hand” published in 1936.

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