In doing so, he aimed to release the energies of the masses and channel their efforts into the construction of China. During the years 1958 to 1961, Mao's leadership drastically faltered. An attempt to significantly increase economic productivity in China, Mao advocated mass organization and stirred the revolutionary enthusiasm amongst the Chinese people. However, despite such admirable intentions represented by the Great Leap Forward, Mao's agenda had massive negative repercussions of economic disaster and widespread famine. Reports regarding the collectivization of peasants policy did not accurately reflect the detramental effects of the Great Leap Forward. Instead, exaggerated reports of the success of policies hid the disasters created by Great Leap Forward. This event proceeded the Hundred Flowers movement initiated by Mao.
In 1954, Peng Dehuai gained legitimacy on the Northern Expedition as a Communist general. As a commander of the Chinese forces, Peng rallied his forces during the Korean War in 1950. Under his commandership, in December the Chinese pushed the allies back. While he was a key figure in the Korean War, Peng Dehui