Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 ePUB

Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 A dreadful story of an otherwise fascinating campaign One of the greatest singular defeats ever suffered by an American army, but you might not realize that by reading this Dripping with a deep chauvinism of America and especially the Marine Corps. This is an excellent account of this famous battle The mix of high level view down to the foxhole perspective works really well The bravery of these Marines in the face of overwhelming odds and atrocious weather conditions is stirring Read this one and you ll be hooked on Korean War history. This book is nothing short of a detailed and excellent account of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign The book wasn t about the politics, though this shows up a bit in the early part of the book and for what political components there are the information is shallow as well it should be The book is a testament to the many brave men who bore the yoke of battle fatigue responsibility in order to attempt to save what they could in terms of personnel, equipment, and dignity that remained There lays wi This book is nothing short of a detailed and excellent account of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign The book wasn t about the politics, though this shows up a bit in the early part of the book and for what political components there are the information is shallow as well it should be The book is a testament to the many brave men who bore the yoke of battle fatigue responsibility in order to attempt to save what they could in terms of personnel, equipment, and dignity that remained There lays within these pages a Marine that whose quote provided is a person that I know personally.This book was a gift to me from the current Marine Commandant of Cadets at the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.Simply put there is not another better accounting from the American perspective of the Chosin Reservoir than what Martin Russ has compiled here If Korea was the forgetten war, then the writer did a good job of finding soldiers who remembered every detail For example, the Marine who found his feet unusually warm one morning, only to find a Chinese soldier sleeping at the bottom of his sleeping bag There are many moments like that, when the enemy and the Americans find themselves in close contact Sometimes it ends in death, sometimes they walk on, ignoring each other Another detail is that many of the North Koreans were Christian, and If Korea was the forgetten war, then the writer did a good job of finding soldiers who remembered every detail For example, the Marine who found his feet unusually warm one morning, only to find a Chinese soldier sleeping at the bottom of his sleeping bag There are many moments like that, when the enemy and the Americans find themselves in close contact Sometimes it ends in death, sometimes they walk on, ignoring each other Another detail is that many of the North Koreans were Christian, and they brought out their bibles and had a service when the Marines arrived There is also the intriguing question of whether the Americans could have broken out by crossing the frozen Chosin reservoir, instead of fighting their way south through thousands of Chinese troops We ll never know I walk away, is a catch phrase for the GI s, based on a line from an American Indian in a popular movie of the day At the end of the book, after much bloodshed and heavy battles, one of the Marines sums it up with that line I walk away And for most Americans, there isn t muchto know about that war.The Korean war was a series of tactical victories for the Americans in the context of a strategic defeat A very well researched and written book that I recommend Another outstanding first person s account of the epic struggle between the 1st Marine Division Rein and the 9th Chinese Army during November December 1950 You can hear the snow crunching under foot, see the Chinese rise up from snow covered ground like mist in their padded white jackets and feel the numbness in your face and hands as the Marines and sailors faced the wind blowing down from Siberia Live and die with the 5th and 7th Marines as they attack in a different direction toward Another outstanding first person s account of the epic struggle between the 1st Marine Division Rein and the 9th Chinese Army during November December 1950 You can hear the snow crunching under foot, see the Chinese rise up from snow covered ground like mist in their padded white jackets and feel the numbness in your face and hands as the Marines and sailors faced the wind blowing down from Siberia Live and die with the 5th and 7th Marines as they attack in a different direction toward the coast and hot showers and chow Struggle with the st Marines as they keep the LOC lines of communication open for the fellow Marines While the rest of the world wrote them off as a fighting unit find out what hero s are made of in this epic struggle that took place in northwest Korea I picked this up for an extra credit essay in History class I ended up not needing to do the essay, so I read the book for its own sake I m glad that I did The Korean War is often referred to as the forgotten war in the US While there s a glut of films on both WWII and the Vietnam War, there s very little on the Korean War I plan to find some documentaries and another book or two, to at least fix that on my part This book is about the US Marine Corps in the Chosin Reservoir and how, afte I picked this up for an extra credit essay in History class I ended up not needing to do the essay, so I read the book for its own sake I m glad that I did The Korean War is often referred to as the forgotten war in the US While there s a glut of films on both WWII and the Vietnam War, there s very little on the Korean War I plan to find some documentaries and another book or two, to at least fix that on my part This book is about the US Marine Corps in the Chosin Reservoir and how, after being outnumbered, surrounded and cut off, they fought their way out As the Marines would say, it wasn t a retreat It was an attack in a different direction It is a harrowing and amazing story As any true account of war should, there are parts that made me cringe, parts that made me cheer, and parts that made me cry The bravery of these men is without question The hardships endured in that campaign were stunning and the camaraderie that helped them endure it is a testament to human character For the book itself, it is very well put together If I had one complaint, it is very minor and not reflected in my rating for this book There could have been a fewmaps There s one at the start and another midway through the book, but I often found myself confused as to where this particular hill or ridge was located When I read this again someday, I ll see if I can t find some online resources to help me follow long better.As an account and not a memoir or biography, it doesn t follow any particular person but it does return to a few individuals time and again The author does a good job of giving the overall details of the campaign yet keeps most of the book focused on the individuals Peppered with quotes that breathe life into these characters, it is an easy book to read while being very informative I don t mind referring to these men as characters, because once you ve read a couple of quotes of Marine bravado in the face of what, for me would be pants wetting terror and abject misery , you ll see them as no less a character than any cigar chomping Hollywood portrayal Still, it s not the bravado that saw them through It is without a doubt the training, professionalism and esprit de corps, aptly captured by Martin Russ, that turned what could ve been a massacre into a shining example of what the USMC is capable of.As I finish this book, Memorial Day is not far off This year, I ll honor it by remembering the forgotten war , those who fought there, and those who never came home The author relies heavily on first person accounts by survivors of Chosin campaign, which makes for poignant and captivating reading But the narrative of the book suffers from his devotion to including an overabundance of specific details, such as names and units, forcing the reader to keep track of too much information. Absolutely fantastic re telling My Dad served in Korea, after coming as a Basque immigrant escaping Franco on the Spanish side, he served to become a US citizen recommended this book There are several others I ll be reading as well Recommend for all you history buffs like me Absolutely fantastic re telling My Dad served in Korea, after coming as a Basque immigrant escaping Franco on the Spanish side, he served to become a US citizen recommended this book There are several others I ll be reading as well Recommend for all you history buffs like me read this a long time ago and remember it being good sobering, but well worth the read On General Douglas MacArthur s orders, a force of , US Marines were marching north to the Yalu river in late NovemberThese three regiments of the st Marine Division strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road soon found themselves completely surrounded by , Chinese soldiers Despite being given up for lost by the military brass, the st Marine Division fought its way out of the frozen mountains, miraculously taking thier dead and wounded with them as they ran the gauntlet of unceasing Chinese attacksThis is the gripping story that Martin Russ tells in his extraordinary book Breakout is an unforgettable portrayal of the terror and courage of men as they face sudden death, making the bloody battles of the Korean hills and valleys come alive as they never have before


About the Author: Martin Russ

Martin Faxon Russ was an American military author, Marine, and associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University.Russ was born in Newark on Feb 14, 1931, to Carroll and Lavinia Faxon Dunn His parents were professional writers.After graduating from a private school in Connecticut, Russ attended St Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., but dropped out in his junior year to join the Marines Assigned to an ordnance battalion, Private Russ made a nuisance of himself until his request for combat duty was granted In later years, although he had no college degree, he taught writing at what is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


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