Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War

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Pacifica Military History, Jan 24, 2010 - History
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Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War

Eric Hammel

Told from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks, outposts, and command posts, Eric Hammel’s Chosin is the definitive account of the epic retreat under fire of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950.

The author first sketches in the errors and miscalculations on the part of the American high command that caused the Marines to be strung out at the end of a narrow road scores of miles from the sea.  He then plunges right into the action:  the massing of Chinese forces in about ten-to-one strength; the Marines' command problems due to the -35-degree climate, mountainous terrain, and high-level overconfidence; and the onset of the overwhelming Chinese assault.

With a wealth of tactical detail and small-unit action Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War is the most complete, most compelling book written on this iconic battle.  Author Eric Hammel's masterful account offers invaluable perspective on war at the gut level.


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Hammel is noted for his exhaustive research and epic narratives of important battles. Never since Xenophon and the 10,000 marched out of Persia has a band of men faced more staggering odds, in the ... Read full review

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