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  • 09 August 2020
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characters On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Hampton Sides Rtainty would not intervene in the war As he was speaking 300000 Chinese soldiers began crossing the border Led by the 13000 men of the 1st Marine Division the Americans moved far north into the trap Mao had set for the arrogant MacArthur at the Chosin Reservoir What followed was one of the most heroic and harrowing operations in American military history Faced with annihilation and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero the surrounded Marines fought through. Hampton Sides in one of those authors whose books automatically goes to the top of my TBR list His look at the first 6 months of the Korean War and the Marines escape from the Chosin Reservoir does not disappoint This narrative really begins with MacArthur s great gamble the invasion at Inchon and the subseuent liberation of Seoul In telling this story Mr Sides relates the unreasonable time table MacArthur set Seoul had to liberated by 25 Sep the 3 month anniversary of North Korea s Invasion and how it dictated the Marines tactics The commander of X Corps the 1st Marine Divisions higher H MG Ned Almond s was in complete agreement with it As with most other accounts of Inchon and Chosin Almond comes off badly With the capture of Seoul he is show to be completely in agreement with MacA and when the Marine Commander MG OP Smith objects basically tells him to shut up and soldier His distain for non white troops is also highlighted As the action moves north of the 38th Parallel the X Corp is moved to other side of Korea and the race to the Yalu beginsAs he tells the beginning of the movement north the author does a good job relating the total disregard the National Command Authority all the way up to Pres Truman had for Mao and his threat to intervene in Korea He also does a good job of relating the pressure Gen Almond put on Gen Smith to pick up the pace in the race for the YaluThe story really picks up when the Chinese finally come in for real Mr Sides makes excellent use of first hand accounts to tell the story of both the advance to and the retreat from the reservoir during that awful freezing cold NovemberDecember In telling the story of the battle the author focuses on the defense of the pass between the Marines advanced units at Yudam ni the Division H at Hagaru ri the Tokong Pass Part of the story of the defense of pass is the story of the Chinese American Lt Chew Een who led the relief effort of the Marines holding the Pass He led the relief force cross country using a map and compass and dressed himself in aircraft recognition panels as to be easily seen The story of the Tokong pass is horrifying at the same time it is inspiring Marines refused to be evacuated even with injuries that would seem to be fatal In telling this part of the story the author relates probably the only advantage of the extreme cold it literally stopped the bleedingAmong the other stories Mr Sides recounts is the destruction of the Army s Task Force Faith on the eastern side of the reservoir In contrast to the commonly held belief Mr Sides recounts an heroic defense and says that the Task Force really didn t fall apart until their ammunition was almost exhausted and their commander killed that five days The story of Task Force Drysdale when a British Marine Commando led an attempt to reinforce the Division H also figures prominently in the narrative In spite suffering major casualties Drysdale managed to get 300 reinforcements less than 12 of the troops that left Koto ri to the Division H Yet another story in the narrative is the rebuilding of the bridge at the Funchiin Pass allowing the Marines to escape down the MSRWhile telling the story of the bridging of the pass the author tells of the how the Marines AF and Army improvised a method of delivering sections of Baily bridges and when the stress of vehicles moving over the bridge threatened to cause it s collapse how the engineers reinforced the bridge with plywood and other scrap lumber then literally used the frozen bodies of their enemies for ballast to stabilize the bridge While Mr Sides is scathing of MG Almond in the run up to the Chosin he does give credit where credit is due He states that during the retreat Almond did everything possible to aid the MarinesOne of the best and most inspiring of the accounts Mr Sides relates is that of the first African American naval aviator Ens Jesse Brown and his wingman LT Thomas Hudner Ens Brown is shot down and trapped in his ac while providing CAS to the Marines and LT Hunder deliberately crash lands his aircraft near him in an attempt to free him from his ac and rescue him He is unable to extract Brown from his aircraft even when help arrives in a helicopter Hudner stays with Brown until he dies For his efforts he is awarded the Medal of HonorIn summary while the battle was not a strategic or tactical victory it was a moral one The 1st Marine Division destroyed the better part of 10 CCA divisions and manged to get away with their euipment and wounded Mr Sides does an excellent job of recounting how the Marines arrived in that God Forsaken part of North Korea the devastating cold they faced and importantly how they got out devastating their opponents at the same time This is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in wars or warriors I would rate this a 425 star read

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characters On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Hampton Sides 12 hrs 8 minsFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean WarOn October 15 1950 the vainglorious General Douglas MacArthur Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea convinced President Harry Truman that the communist forces would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving The Chinese he said with near ce. A Chinese soldier armed with a rifle climbed onto the bed of the truck He came to the first man leveled the barrel between his eyes and fired He moved on to the next Then the nextEd Reeves sat up half out of his sleeping bag and watched as though it were movie He didn t know any of these Americans especially well he d just shared the bed of a truck with them for a day and a half but he was in awe of them They didn t beg or cry they didn t utter so much as a whimper They looked their executioner in the eye and died with dignityWhen the barrel slid over to Reeves he felt strangely at peace His eyes followed the smooth metal until they found the eyes of the soldier Reeves did not see malice in them He was a kid following horrible orders Possibly from his point of view it was a mission of mercy get it over with in an instant rather than let them slowly freeze to death The soldier was standing no than three feet away when he sueezed the trigger The muzzle blast knocked Reeves to the floor Then the barrel swung over to the next man Hampton Sides On Desperate Ground The Marines at the Reservoir the Korean War s Greatest BattleThe Korean War occupies a strange place in American military history sandwiched between World War II the good war and Vietnam the bad war It was fought for nebulous reasons many contemporary accounts from ordinary soldiers stress their uncertainty of purpose and ended in a draw with the North KoreanChinese forces on the one side and the South KoreanUN forces on the other essentially reverting to the status uo ante bellum It is a relatively forgotten conflict or police action whose essential importance has only been demonstrated by the fullness of timeWhile the Korean War in general does not occupy a prominent place in the public consciousness its most famous battle certainly does In November 1950 the North Korean forces were on the run After early stunning successes Douglas MacArthur s landing at Inchon flipped the field and sent them scrambling northward Despite the threat of Chinese intervention MacArthur pursued sending three columns toward the Yalu River In the broken terrain of the Taeback Mountains in the midst of a terrible winter the Chinese forces that MacArthur believed would stay out of the war arrived in force At the Chosin Reservoir the American X Corps including the men of the First Marine Division found themselves surrounded by thousands of Chinese soldiers Over the next seventeen days a brutal fighting retreat ensued comprising one of the great epics in the annals of warfare Hampton Sides On Desperate Ground tells this story in gripping almost cinematic fashion This 337 page book is taut fast paced and novelistic in its details Employing brief chapters Sides provides a broad stripped down overview of the Korean War that sets the stage for the Chosin drama Even if you ve never read a word on the subject Sides ensures that you have enough context to understand what is going on The centerpiece of course is the battle itself and Sides effortlessly deploys his immense storytelling skills There are some limitations though For instance Sides does not attempt to provide a comprehensive account of the fight around the Chosin Reservoir Instead he focuses on General Oliver Prince Smith and the First Marines Undoubtedly this will further stoke inter service rivalries as the plight of the Army with the exception of a brief interlude with Task Forth Faith is mostly ignored Further Sides is interested in the experiences of the men rather than the tactical ebb and flow of the battle If you want to know about every single maneuver or desire an extensive recounting of the positioning of troops down to the last platoon you are not going to find that here Sides gives you the basics but that s all Instead he follows individuals providing engrossing mini arcs of men under impossible duress battling the enemy and the cold And that is the beating heart of On Desperate Ground This is a grunt s eye view of ferocious combat that often became hand to hand and face to face There is for example Lieutenant John Yancey of Company E charged with defending Hill 1282 against waves of Chinese troops In the midst of this action a Chinese attacker armed with a Thompson submachine gun moved in close and sueezed a burst into Yancey s face One of the bullets entered Yancey s cheek just below his eye and angled down through his sinus cavities coming to rest in the back of his neck near the base of his skull Luckily it had missed his spine but along the way the projectile had fractured his cheekbone jarred loose numerous teeth and dislocated his jaw Worst of all the bullet pried Yancey s right eye from the socket The ball dangling by a cord of nerves and fibers rested high on his cheekbone Yet somehow Yancey was still functioning He picked himself up from the snow and with his good eye spied his assailant reloading his Thompson Reflexively Yancey snatched his45 pistol from its holsterand fired two rounds into the enemy soldier s abdomen killing him Then Yancey horrified but not knowing what else to do cradled his eyeball and gently mashed it back into its ragged hole On Desperate Ground is a technically flawless book It is popular history at its best rousing entertaining informative It never bogs down never gets tangled in minutiae Indeed it seems designed for mass appeal with the Marine centric narrative the bite sized chapters and the brutal evocations of combat This is an unabashed tale of heroism and sacrifice of men against fire and cold This is one of those books I feel comfortable guaranteeing If you pick this up you will not regret it And yet I have to add that I am mildly disappointed Somewhere my wife is shaking her head knowing that I live most of my life in a state of mild disappointment Hampton Sides is at his absolute best when he is working with unknown stories from a daring POW rescue in Ghost Soldiers to the doom of the Navajos in Blood and Thunder to the tragic Arctic expedition of the USS Jeanette in In the Kingdom of Ice He has a knack for digging deeper for illuminating some of the small corners of history that tend to get lost in shadow He does not get a chance to put those skills to use here The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir is not an unknown story To the contrary it has been told and retold numerous times Sides provides a beautiful presentation but does not reveal anything new Certainly he has done his job in interviewing participants However at this late date I do not know how much these interviews add to what we already know Most of the stories featured prominently in On Desperate Ground have been covered before extensively Just recently an entire book was released about Fox Company s bloody hilltop stand The Last Stand of Fox Company Likewise with Jesse LeRoy Brown a black Corsair pilot shot down while providing air cover Devotion More than that Sides does not really have anything to say about the battle other than that it was an extreme test of endurance He is content to repeat the conclusions found in other secondary sources especially Martin Russ Breakout This is an exceptional example of narrative nonfiction done right Yet I cannot help wishing that Sides had used his considerable talents as both a historian and a writer to highlight some other aspect of the Korean War The men of the Frozen Chosin especially the Marines have their monuments Almost seventy years after Kim Il Sung s legions poured over the 38th Parallel we have a better idea of what a North Korean victory in 1950 might have meant That knowledge adds considerably to the deeds of the South Korean US and UN troops that held the line Sides would have been doing a valuable historical service if he had looked a little harder for the unsung heroes Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life you ve never read a word on the subject Sides ensures that Viata lui Ceausescu. 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basics but that s all Instead he follows individuals providing engrossing mini arcs of men under impossible duress battling the enemy and the cold And that is the beating heart of On Desperate Ground This is a grunt s eye view of ferocious combat that often became hand to hand and face to face There is for example Lieutenant John Yancey of Company E charged with defending Hill 1282 against waves of Chinese troops In the midst of this action a Chinese attacker armed with a Thompson submachine gun moved in close and sueezed a burst into Yancey s face One of the bullets entered Yancey s cheek just below his eye and angled down through his sinus cavities coming to rest in the back of his neck near the base of his skull Luckily it had missed his spine but along the way the projectile had fractured his cheekbone jarred loose numerous teeth and dislocated his jaw Worst of all the bullet pried Yancey s right eye from the socket The ball dangling by a cord of nerves and fibers rested high on his cheekbone Yet somehow Yancey was still functioning He picked himself up from the snow and with his good eye spied his assailant reloading his Thompson Reflexively Yancey snatched his45 pistol from its holsterand fired two rounds into the enemy soldier s abdomen killing him Then Yancey horrified but not knowing what else to do cradled his eyeball and gently mashed it back into its ragged hole On Desperate Ground is a technically flawless book It is popular history at its best rousing entertaining informative It never bogs down never gets tangled in minutiae Indeed it seems designed for mass appeal with the Marine centric narrative the bite sized chapters and the brutal evocations of combat This is an unabashed tale of heroism and sacrifice of men against fire and cold This is one of those books I feel comfortable guaranteeing If Data and Goliath you pick this up Eliot Jones Midnight Superhero you will not regret it And One Boys War yet I have to add that I am mildly disappointed Somewhere my wife is shaking her head knowing that I live most of my life in a state of mild disappointment Hampton Sides is at his absolute best when he is working with unknown stories from a daring POW rescue in Ghost Soldiers to the doom of the Navajos in Blood and Thunder to the tragic Arctic expedition of the USS Jeanette in In the Kingdom of Ice He has a knack for digging deeper for illuminating some of the small corners of history that tend to get lost in shadow He does not get a chance to put those skills to use here The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir is not an unknown story To the contrary it has been told and retold numerous times Sides provides a beautiful presentation but does not reveal anything new Certainly he has done his job in interviewing participants However at this late date I do not know how much these interviews add to what we already know Most of the stories featured prominently in On Desperate Ground have been covered before extensively Just recently an entire book was released about Fox Company s bloody hilltop stand The Last Stand of Fox Company Likewise with Jesse LeRoy Brown a black Corsair pilot shot down while providing air cover Devotion More than that Sides does not really have anything to say about the battle other than that it was an extreme test of endurance He is content to repeat the conclusions found in other secondary sources especially Martin Russ Breakout This is an exceptional example of narrative nonfiction done right Yet I cannot help wishing that Sides had used his considerable talents as both a historian and a writer to highlight some other aspect of the Korean War The men of the Frozen Chosin especially the Marines have their monuments Almost seventy Matrimonial Honor years after Kim Il Sung s legions poured over the 38th Parallel we have a better idea of what a North Korean victory in 1950 might have meant That knowledge adds considerably to the deeds of the South Korean US and UN troops that held the line Sides would have been doing a valuable historical service if he had looked a little harder for the unsung heroes

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characters On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Free read Û PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free î Hampton Sides The enemy forces with ferocity ingenuity and nearly unimaginable courage Hampton Sides's superb account of the battle relies on years of archival research and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege While expertly chronicling the follies of the American leaders this is an immediate grunt's eye view of history enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstanc. Sides always does a great job of humanizing conflicts of war by selecting a handful of individuals and focusing on their specific experiences In On Desperate Ground Sides follows historical figures such as General MacArthur and President Truman to provide big picture context but the meat of the book which provides the strongest images of the conflict for the reader follows the Army and Marine grunts on the ground It is the experiences of these men that bring the ugliness of warfare to light The Chosin Reservoir was a remarkable battle for multiple reasons In one respect it illuminates the conseuences of hubris particularly on the part of MacArthur and Almond but it also illustrates the pride and valor of the United States Armed Forces This was the United States version of Xenophon s march of the ten thousand something that Sides references multiple times as well and it really is a remarkable readIt is embarrassing how little I knew about the Korean War up to this point On Desperate Ground is a well crafted introduction into the war and its greatest battle Even if you are already familiar with The Chosin Reservoir read this