Korean War: Allied Surge (ePub)
Pyongyang Falls, UN Sweep to the Yalu, October 1950
Cold War crescendo: in the author’s first three volumes in a series on battles of the Korean War, North Korean forces cross the 38th Parallel, rolling back US and South Korean forces into a small corner of the Korean peninsula. Months later, commander of the United Nations Command (UNC) in Korea, General Douglas MacArthur, launches a daring counteroffensive invasion at Inchon, enveloping North Korea.
Despite a warning from Beijing that it will intervene if US forces cross the 38th, MacArthur uses the UN’s conditional authorization to land elements of the US X Corps at Wonsan and Riwon in North Korea. The Eighth US Army and South Korean forces capture the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, while American paratroops make the first combat jump of the conflict at Sukchon and Sunchon, cutting the road to the Chinese border.
While MacArthur’s ground forces edge closer to the Yalu River, and the general having designs of chasing the retiring North Koreans across the river into China, in October 1950 the Chinese politburo immediately deploys 200,000 members of the 13th Army Group of the newly titled People’s Volunteer Army (PLA) on a pre-emptive ‘defensive’ operation into North Korea.
An interesting book.Miniaturas JM
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The initial successes of the North Korean Army were steadily blocked and overcome, with the great US triumph being in holding the Allied efforts together as United Nations Forces. This Cold War series has proved an excellent review of the conduct of the war through its individual stages, as here with the Korean War – Very Highly Recommended.Firetrench
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Another excellent book by Gerry Van Tonder, another excellent book from the "Cold War 1945-1991" series to add to your library!Old Barbed Wire Blog
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