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United States Marine Corps in the Korean War (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Maritime > Naval Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Korean War Military > Regimental History Photographic eBooks

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Series: Images of War
File Size: 58.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781526765383
Published: 28th February 2021


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On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army invaded South Korea. Among the US forces sent to South Korea was the 1st Marine Division. In September 1950, the Division audaciously landed deep behind enemy lines at Inchon port, throwing the North Korea Army into disarray.

In November 1950, the Chinese Army invaded North Korea with eight divisions tasked with the destruction of the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir. The Marines made a 78-mile fighting withdrawal in arctic conditions before being evacuated by the US Navy.

In February 1951, the 1st Marine Division returned to combat assisting Eighth (US) Army to repulse five Chinese Army offensives over four months. By November 1951, the large-scale back and forth offensives operations by the opposing sides had ended, replaced by a stalemate which lasted until the 27 July, 1953 armistice. The bitter three-year conflict accounted for the death of 4,267 Marines with another 23,744 wounded.

In classic Images of War style, expert author Michael Green describes the Marine Corps’ outstanding contribution, organization, tactics, fighting doctrine and weaponry.

A truly luxurious visual archive.

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Miniaturas JM

With the Korean War occurring so soon after the end of WWII, this title from Pen and Sword shows you how quickly the military progressed in a short time. Things such as jet aircraft are alongside aircraft from WWII such as the Corsair. Helicopters are making their presence felt, enabling the quick evacuation of injured men. Alongside the fire power of the United States, you also get to see some of the weaponry of the North Korea, most of which came from the Former Soviet Union until the intervention of the Chinese. A truly great title for anyone interested in the Korean War and the early advances in rotary wing assets in combat.

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A book that I recommend to anyone who wants to know more about this war and the ferocity of its fighting.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

"The mix of display and in-the-field shots offers a good all-around look at the Marines and their air, ground, and sea weaponry, plus the occasional North Korean or Chinese POW. Another winner in the series."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"This book provides a ready reference for figure, AFV, or diorama modelers as well as good reading for anyone looking for a concise understanding of the complicated back and forth nature of the 'Forgotten War'."

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We warmly recommend this book to all our readers and especially those unfamiliar with this ‘sideshow’ of a war. Having read this you will want to go on and read more about this conflict.

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Clash of Steel

This a good summary of the Korean War which will interest warship enthusiasts because it provides a basis for further study.

World Ship Society - Marine News

I recommend this book if you have any interest in USMC history or the Korean War and additionally, this is a good primer with many unseen photographs in it that really bring the story to life and give a good foundation to anyone looking to learn more about the USMC in the Korean War.

Todd Shugart, Aviation News

This book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of the Korean war and especially to USMC historians. Its format is very appealing, and the period photos are great – they show how things were at the time rather than modern imagery. In short, it is an interesting volume, and the author has done a great service to the USMC by producing this wonderful tome.

Dr Stuart C Blank

"This book will be of interest to modelers and military historians alike. ​Highly recommended."

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AMPS Indianapolis

Review by David Grummitt

A very welcome introduction to this aspect of the conflict and an important episode in the history of the USMC, it’s highly recommended.

Military Modelcraft International, April 2021

This gives a fine outline of events, and the actions of the US Marines in particular. It is the collection of archive images however that will rightly be the main attraction for this one. Maybe my age, but with memories of the great TV series M.A.S.H., this one struck a particular chord.

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About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series, including Armored Warfare in the Vietnam War, The Patton Tank: Cold War Warrior, M1 Abrams Tank, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War, Axis AFVs of the Second World War, American Military Helicopters, US Airborne Divisions, USMC in the Vietnam War, US Armored Divisions of the Second World War, US Marine Corps in the Korean War, American Artillery, NATO and Warsaw Pact Tanks of the Cold War and Red Army Weapons of the World War.

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