Print 1731 c1: A company of Chinese Red Army troopers each man equipped with a Thompson Sub-machine gun. The Thompson Sub-machine gun is of American manufacture [illegible]. Print 1731 c2: 11. A young member of the machine gun troop of the Chinese Red Army during practice. Chinese Puzzle - The Chinese Red Army. Within the Chinese Army, there have been various reports of growing friction between the Chinese Communist Armies (the 4th and 8th Route Armies) and the forces of [Chiang Kai-shek]. The situation has been a delicate one for a long time. Chinese Communists, once opposed to [Chiang Kai-shek, joined a common front with him for the unity in the fight against the Japanese aggression. Within recent weeks, however, the political air has again been filled with rumors concerning a break within the Chinese ranks. These are some of the rare pictures of the 4th Route Army in China.