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East of Chosin : Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 - Roy E. Appleman

East of Chosin

Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950


Published: 1st September 1990
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"Well written and meticulously researched ... East of Chosin is military history at its best". -- Harry G. Summers, Jr., Washington Post Book World

Roy E. Appleman's East of Chosin, first published in 1987, won acclaim from reviewers, readers, and veterans and their families. For the first time, there was one complete and accessible record of what happened to the army troops trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir during the first wintry blast of the Korean War. Based heavily on the author's interviews and correspondence with the survivors, East of Chosin provided some of those men with their first clue to the fate of fellow soldiers.

In November of 1950, U.S. forces had pushed deep into North Korea. Unknown to them, Chinese troops well equipped for below-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions were pushing south. With the 1st Marine Division on the west side of the frozen Chosin reservoir, the army's hastily assembled 31 st Regimental Combat Team, 3,000 strong, advanced up the east side of the reservoir. Task Force Faith in the extreme northern position caught the surprise Chinese attack. With rifles and vehicles often immobilized in the cold and snow, the task force struggled to retreat through a tortuous mountain gauntlet of enemy fire. With truckloads of dead and wounded trapped along on the road, a few of the 385 survivors trudged across the frozen reservoir to alert the marines to their plight.

"An exhaustively researched revelation of "what "went wrong, " and why," in the tragedy of U.S. Army operations in northeast Korea in 1950."--Gen. M. B. Ridgway, USA (Ret.)--Gen. M. B. Ridgway, USA (Ret.)

Prefacep. xi
East of Chosinp. 1
Army Troops Assemble at Chosin Reservoirp. 12
The Army Occupies the Marines' Forward Positionp. 44
The Enemy at Chosin: What Was Known-- the Unknownp. 50
The: First Night-- November 27-28p. 57
The Next Day-- November 28p. 99
The: 31st Regimental Combat Team Consolidates at the Inletp. 123
Captain Drake's Second Tank Attack, November 29p. 157
The 2nd Battalion, 31st Infantry, Fails to Arrivep. 160
Macarthur Calls a Conference, November 28p. 168
The Third Night--Taskforce Faith at the Inftetp. 172
The Fourth Night at the Inlet, November 30-December 1p. 188
Breakout from the Inlet Perimeter, December 1p. 195
The First Blown Bridgep. 225
The Chinese Block at Hill 1221p. 233
The Chinese Destroy the Convoyp. 257
Those Who Escaped to Hagaru-Rip. 278
The Question of a Relief Forcep. 293
American and Enemy Lossesp. 300
Could Task Force Faith Have Been Saved?p. 305
Epiloguep. 330
Appendixesp. 335
Notesp. 347
Bibliographical: Notep. 391
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780890964651
ISBN-10: 0890964653
Series: Texas a & M University Military History Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st September 1990
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68