On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle { ebook } By Hampton Sides



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    “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 especiall

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    What a treat to have Sides create a narrative for us on a tough job our soldiers had in Korea and gather in some lessons relevant to our precarious position today in that part of the world I’ve had nothing but 5 star reads with this talented storyteller and history sleuth and this one continues that tradition His major focus here is on a critical campaign that almost started World War 3 namely MacArthur’s initiative after landing at Inc

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    This is the best account of the Chosin Reservoir battle I have read Sides is an excellent historian and his exhaustive research shows But than that Sides knows how to weave individual stories into the broad overview and still keep the narrative pace moving smartly alongChosin was the site of the first major en

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    Yeah this is the book There aren't many authors who can keep my bedside lamp burning until 0300 hrs on a workday but that's what happened to this one Any good war story has to have a mixture of brass officers strategy planning and balls grunts action blood and guts brotherhood Hampton Sides has mixed these ingredients in just the right combination which is about one part brass to three parts ballsSides spends a bit of

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    Hampton Sides in one of those authors whose books automatically goes to the top of my TBR list His look at the

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    “Sun Tzu says in ‘The Art of War’ that in battle there are nine kinds of situations nine kinds of ‘grounds’ The final and most distressing type is a situation in which one’s army can be saved from destruction only by figh

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    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 prov

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    I am giving this book 5 stars The 5 star rating for me means the book possesses a WOW factors and this book certainly had me expressing that sentiment on several occasions To begin with I have to confess that 20th century

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    Once again Hampton Sides does not disappoint This was a uniuely engaging in parts riveting and easily accessible slice of military hi

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    Hampton Sides latest book ON DESPERATE GROUND THE MARINES AT THE RESERVOIR THE KOREAN WAR’S GREATEST BATTLE has met or even surpassed the high standards for excellent narrative history that he has set in his previous works The book is base

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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. This is the best account of the Chosin Reservoir battle I have read Sides is an excellent historian and his exhaustive research shows But than that Sides knows how to weave individual stories into the broad overview and still keep the narrative pace moving smartly alongChosin was the site of the first major engagement between the United Nations coalition force commanded by the vainglorious Gen Douglas MacArthur and Mao Zedong s People s Volunteer Army Gen Oliver Smith of the First Marine Division spearheaded the effort North Korea had started the war five months earlier when it invaded the South United Nations forces pushed the North Koreans back beyond the 38th parallel and MacArthur thought he could defeat the North Koreans decisively so as to reunite the country But when the Americans got closer to the Chinese border Mao decided to intervene in a BIG way shifting 300000 troops to the Korean peninsula from a planned engagement with Taiwan These troops were ill prepared for the brutal cold and lacked even sufficient guns Indeed the most common guns were American ones scavenged from the Nationalists who had lost to the CommunistsGen MacArthur completely underestimated the Chinese s fighting prowess and disregarded his own intelligence reports indicating that the Chinese had crossed the Yulu River into North Korea Gen Smith was not so sanguine and did his best to prepare for the worst while still following orders from headuarters Those efforts allowed for one of military history s greatest tactical retreats The battle was fought in extreme cold dipping to 25 degrees Fahrenheit on occasion And as my Marine son said after cold weather training in Canada Hell is not hot it is cold The cold caused the radios to not work properly so communication was dicey The only positive thing that could be said about such cold was that it helped to cauterize woundsThe butcher s bill was huge Casualties totaled 10000 some 4300 of them Marines More than 7000 other Marines suffered noncombat injuries primarily frostbite By contrast the Chinese reported roughly 50000 killed or wounded Highly recommend

review On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle

On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle

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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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. I am giving this book 5 stars The 5 star rating for me means the book possesses a WOW factors and this book certainly had me expressing that sentiment on several occasions To begin with I have to confess that 20th century wars generally do not have a great deal of appeal for me as they tend to have been overly done by popular media Conseuently I do not know much about the Korean War and surprisingly this war didn t seem to get the usual media exposure of wars fought after the invention of movies television and the internet The only movie I can recall about the Korean War was Gregory Peck in Pork Chop Hill It has been called the Forgotten War and that really is true I read Jeff Shaara s historical fiction regarding the same subject last year and that book opened my eyes and awareness to the battle depicted in these pages but I cannot imagine a better concise readable and entertaining treatment of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir that what has been accomplished by Hampton SidesWhile the author has written a history he has written it with the heart pounding excitement of a bestselling thriller Even knowing the outcome of the various disparate events in this battle I couldn t put the book down until I read another page and then another and well we all know how that goes Sides doesn t go into a lot of detail about the specifics of the engagements and the strategies and tactics This is not that sort of book What the reader is given is a strong sense of living the struggles and terrors that were experienced by Marines and soldiers that were there and those that commanded them While many of the stories told in this book may have been previously recounted in other works this author still does a masterful job of telling the stories for the benefit of readers that are not as knowledgeable of this War or this battle This book is an example of how history really should be written so that ordinary people can better appreciate and digest the information that we should all be familiar with The reader cannot help but put this book down and come away with a better understanding of the horrors of war and a greater appreciation for the young people that are sent off to endure these horrors This book is going on my Highly Recommended bookshelf and I hope all of you give this book a well deserved read Enjoy