|Allegiance||Republic of China|
|Years of service||1931–1948|
|Battles/wars||Boxer Rebellion, Sino-Tibetan War, Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Civil War|
Ma was too young to participate in the First Sino-Japanese War, in which he wanted to fight. He then joined the Kansu Braves and fought against the foreigners in the Boxer Rebellion at the Battle of Peking (1900).
He was prominent in the Qinghai – Tibet War, a theater of the Sino-Tibetan War. He was sent by Ma Bufang to create an incident against the Tibetan army at a monastery at YushuScript errorScript errordisambiguation needed. This set off the Qinghai Tibet War.
He was commander of Yushu Defense Command, Qinghai Province, and he also led the 1st Provisional Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Division, 2nd Cavalry Army, and served on the Military Advisory Council.
Ma Bufang's army battled extensively in bloody battles against the Japanese in Henan province. The Qinghai Chinese, Salar, Chinese Muslim, Dongxiang, and Tibetan troops were under the commander of Ma Biao, being sent to fight to the death against the Imperial Japanese Army, or committed suicide refusing to be taken prisoner, instead, they committed suicide when cornered by the enemy. When they defeated the Japanese, the Muslim troops slaughtered all of them except for a few prisoners to send back to Qinghai prove that they were victorious. In September 1940, when the Japanese made an offensive against the Muslim Qinghai troops, the Muslims ambushed them and killed so many of them they were forced to retreat. The Japanese could not even pick up their dead, they instead cut an arm from their corpses limbs for cremation to send back to Japan. The Japanese did not dare make an offensive like that again.
- ↑ Michael Gervers, Wayne Schlepp, Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies (1998). Historical themes and current change in Central and Inner Asia: papers presented at the Central and Inner Asian Seminar, University of Toronto, April 25–26, 1997, Volume 1997. Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies. p. 70. ISBN 1-895296-34-X. http://books.google.com/books?id=P3tpAAAAMAAJ&q=Ma+secretly+ordered+his+subordinate+Ma+Biao+to+provoke+the+Tibetan+army,+and+this+monastic+dispute+soon+escalated+into+a+bloody+Tibetan-+Qinghai+war+(1986:+46).+Although+Chiang+Kai-shek+was+very+annoyed+at+Ma+Bufang+and+started+to&dq=Ma+secretly+ordered+his+subordinate+Ma+Biao+to+provoke+the+Tibetan+army,+and+this+monastic+dispute+soon+escalated+into+a+bloody+Tibetan-+Qinghai+war+(1986:+46).+Although+Chiang+Kai-shek+was+very+annoyed+at+Ma+Bufang+and+started+to&hl=en&ei=nY3bTPmOAsaAlAeusdXrDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAA. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
- ↑ Steen Ammentorp (2000-2009). "The Generals of WWII Generals from China Ma Biai". http://www.generals.dk/general/Ma_Biao/_/China.html. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
- ↑ "马家军悲壮的抗战：百名骑兵集体投河殉国(1)". 19 September 2008. http://military.china.com/zh_cn/dljl/krzz/01/11044207/20080919/15096066.html.
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