A set of rugged hills close to the demarcation line between North and South Korea came to be known as Heartbreak Ridge when an operation to take these hills, initially expected to be completed in one day, continued for a full month of bitter sacrifice. Hinshaw pays homage to the bravery and raw courage of the men who stood face to face with an unyielding enemy.
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A set of rugged hills close to the demarcation line between North and South Korea came to be known as Heartbreak Ridge when an operation to take these hills, initially expected to be completed in one day, continued for a full month of bitter sacrifice. Arned L. Hinshaw pay homage to the bravery and raw courage of the men who stood face to face with an unyielding enemy. Let there be no mistake about it, he writes in the introduction, the Korean War was a clear win for the United States and the United Nations.
Hinshaw describes the battle in a way no one else could--through the personal accounts of soldiers who were in this bloody battle. Through resource books and interviews with soldiers, Hinshaw describes in vivid detail the daily combat experiences of the soldiers. Heartbreak Ridge includes detailed information about the Korean War, maps and photographs. It will appeal to those interested in the Korean War, military history buffs, and those interested in the tactics and strategies of war.
- Table of Contents
A Naked Mountain
The First Year: War of Movement
The Static War: Assault on Heartbreak Ridge
The Assault Continues. . . . And Continues
Batallion Francais de I'O.N.U.: The French Batallion of the United Nations
A New Coach, a New Play
An End Run
In September 1951, the United Nations forces in Korea launched an attack on a minor complex of ridges, intending to adjust their lines in a day or two of fighting. Instead, they found themselves launched on the bloody, month-long Heartbreak Ridge campaign. Although the battle has figured in every major history of the Korean War for nearly two generations, this is the first full-scale account. The author is a former career soldier, who has both written and researched well, using many eyewitness accounts and giving full credit to the non-American units that suffered heavy casualities in the fighting.
Of particular interest is his analysis of the role played by French Troops.
I feel there is little I can add to so well researched and detailed an addition to the history of the Korean War.
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