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I removed roughly 30k of text in this edit due to copyright violations. At least two significant sections of the text were taken from this text, and I have a pretty good suspicion that the rest of it is cobbled from other sources as well. The text isn't going in its old form. It can be rewritten, perhaps, but that's another issue in itself. — HelloAnnyong (say whaaat?!) 00:50, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
This article needs to be rescued, to document involvement of the OSS in Japanese-occupied Thailand; US bombing of civilian targets; an OSS agent losing his mind over it; and the UK's desire to annex Thailand at the end of WWII. Additional info on the accidental bombing of Japanese high-value sites in a B-29 raid that was only a practice-run for bombing Japan that missed all of its intended civilian targets is at Allies attack Thailand, 1942-1945. Text from The Library of Congress Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program, yields this tidbit: "...As a result of the contributions made to the Allied war efforts by the Free Thai Movement, the United States, which unlike the other Allies had never officially been at war with Thailand, refrained from dealing with Thailand as an enemy country in postwar peace negotiations. Before signing a peace treaty, however, Britain demanded war reparations in the form of rice for shipment to Malaya, and France refused to permit admission of Thailand to the United Nations (UN) until Indochinese territories annexed during the war were returned. The Soviet Union insisted on the repeal of anticommunist legislation." Mongabay reference Thailand An earlier version of the article was preserved for students and teachers at " eNotes. I can't help any more than this due to serious NNPOV. --Pawyilee (talk) 17:52, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
Free Thai Air Force
I can't find any mention of the Free Thai having aircraft of their own, save for text copied from this article, and using Google Books to search through the book cited in this article produces no mention of Free Thai aircraft. Axeman89 (talk) 17:13, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
"No God-Damned Thailander Can Be Trusted to Do a Job Without Getting Political Minded": The Free Thai Movement and the Politics of Independence During World War II
Maleenont, Nobchulee (Dawn) (2010). "No God-Damned Thailander Can Be Trusted to Do a Job Without Getting Political Minded: The Free Thai Movement and the Politics of Independence During World War II". Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review (Chapman University). Vol 2 (No.1). Retrieved February 11, 2013.
Footnote  Three Thai liberation groups are mentioned in this paper. They are now all known as one Free Thai Movement. However, back in 1943, the group in the United States was the only one universally known as the Free Thai movement (FTM). The group in Britain was a branch of the FTM. However, to avoid confusion and because the two groups hardly worked together during the war, I will refer to the group as the British called it, the Free Siamese movement (FSM). The underground resistance in Thailand initially called itself the National Liberation Movement (NLM), so I would like to refer to it as such here. As for the Thai liberation effort as a whole, for the lack of a better term, I will call it the Free Thai Movement with a capital M.
Footnote  When I began researching about the Free Thai Movement in Thailand, I was shocked by the little amount of sources that I was able find. I then learned that the Free Thai Movement is probably the least appreciated period in modern Thai history. In fact, the younger generation in Thailand has very vague ideas of what the movement was about. The scarcity of documents and scholarly works on the subject was partly a result of the postwar political turmoil that involved most of the Free Thai leaders. Due to the very complex and conflicted nature of Thailand's postwar sociopolitical structure, sources written by members of the movement after the war lack discussion of conflicts among Thai players and political issues.
Fortunately, declassified documents from the US and British national archives have made it possible to gain insight into the mindsets of and the relationships between Free Thai members in the context of the war, untainted by the memories of the political upheaval in Thailand during the postwar years. I myself was unable to gain access to these documents, because they were only available to be viewed at the two national archives' facilities. For this reason, I am greatly indebted to Dr. E. Bruce Reynolds, a professor of History at San Jose State University, whose generosity has made it possible for me to write this paper. I am truly grateful that he was willing to share his research with me and took the time to make copies of copious amount of documents and send them to me. Please note that all USNA (United States National Archives) and PRO (British Public Record Office) documents used in this paper were provided to me by Dr. Reynolds, unless noted otherwise.
- About Voces Novae: Chapman University Historical Review
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While I didn't have to register to read the 1400-word article and its 153 footnotes, I registered as reader pawyilee, affiliation Wikipedia User:Pawyilee, webpage —Pawyilee (talk) 20:59, 28 September 2013 (UTC)
During World War II, the United States supported the anti-Japanese resistance movement in Thailand, the Free Thai Movement. The American largely responsible for bringing about this relationship was Dr. Kenneth Landon, a former Presbyterian minister who had spent ten years in Thailand as a missionary. After his return to the United States in 1937, Landon worked on a Ph.D. and wrote a book on Thai politics. With the outbreak of war, he became Washington's leading expert on Thailand, first with America's wartime intelligence organization, the Office of Strategic Services, and then with the Department of State. Dr. Landon later donated hundreds of pages of transcripts of Free Thai radio broadcasts to the Library, along with a small but important collection of post-World War II Thai books on politics as well as Thai political fiction.