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CHOSIN 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 Hammela€™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.A platoon of Dog/5 was placed south of the roadway to block a Chinese retreat. Fox Companya#39;s 1st Platoon braced to do the job it had learned to do besta€”take another hill. The 4.2-inch and 105mm ... That was a bit more than even the sanguine Hal Roise cared to contend with that day. He called off the attack at 1430 andanbsp;...

Author:Eric Hammel
Publisher:Pacifica Military History - 2010-01-24


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