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On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest BattleThat MacArthur assured Truman that the Chinese would not enter the war Four days later Chinese troops in large numbers began to infiltrate into North Korea MacArthur refused to believe the clear intelligence that reported the infiltrations and moved ahead with his lans to march to the Yalu RiverSides calls it one of the most egregious intelligence failures in American military history If Sides is unable to hide his disdain for the role that MacArthur as well as General Ned Almond the overall commander in the field Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization played in Korea he expresses great admiration for the commander of the First Marine Division General Oliver P Smith He writes that Smith is one of the great underrated generals in American history that he was cerebral soft spoken but also a man of ruthless efficiency He was a by the book Marine but he knew when to throw the book away In other words Smith was the anti MacArthurMacArthur s grandiose battlelan involved three columns marching north toward the Yalu River The columns would be separated from each other by high mountains which made communication between them extremely difficult and important made it impossible for one column to come to the aid of another in case one got into troubleSmith s Marines would have the most difficult assignment They would be forced to march than seventy miles up a narrow road that wound its way into the highlands eventually to a large artificial lake known as the Chosin Reservoir After they achieved that objective they were to keep going until they reached the Yalu located a hundred miles from the reservoirFrom the start Smith opposed the Allerhand Fragliches plan but he was unable to convince MacArthur and Almond that the march to the reservoir wouldut his command in a dangerously exposed Yolanda's Genius position The majorroblem was that there was only one road to the reservoir and only one road out in the event retreat became necessary and it didIn addition the Marines had other Fettan problems including the terrain and even worse what turned out to be one of the coldest winters ever experienced in North KoreaFortunately Smith did not suffer from the hubris that characterized MacArthur and Almond and thus heossessed the foresight to take some recautionary measures in the event that his division was attacked andor surroundedAnd of course the Chinese were in the area and they did attack The Marines about 13000 men were cut off and surrounded by 120000 Chinese troops The battle was fought in extremely brutal weather that saw temperatures dip to 20 degrees below zero or at times even lowerAt the mess tent a cup of scalding coffee would accumulate a skim of ice within minutes Canteens and C rations froze solid Fingers stuck to metal It had a cauterizing effect on wounds Blood from bullet holes or shrapnel tears simply froze to the skin and stopped flowing It is estimated that the Chinese suffered an estimated 30000 killed in action and about 12000 wounded The Marine casualties included 750 dead with 3000 wounded and about 200 missingHow the division escaped is a remarkable feat a successful retreat that was made ossible by a general who unlike MacArthur and Almond took nothing for granted 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 lanning and balls grunts action blood and guts brotherhood Hampton Sides has mixed these ingredients in just the right combination which is about one art brass to three arts ballsSides spends a bit of time explaining what we already knew that MacArthur was as crazy as a shithouse rat an officer who loved to be in the rear with the gear surrounded by sycophants His real effort is expended in relating the heroic battles of the USMC against overwhelming Chinese forces "in the battle for the Chosin Reservoir commonly called the Frozen Chosin I "the battle for the Chosin Reservoir commonly called the Frozen Chosin I not going to relate any exploits here Sides has already done that for you in his book Suffice to say that these leathernecks are a bunch of tough hombres and there s enough action here to satisfy even Lee Ermey God rest his leathery old soul I ll give the Sarge his due since he was snubbed by Hollywood this yearSides also covers the famous retreat ossible only by American ingenuity and the fact that they had tons of gear they could use to just miracle bridges out of seemingly thin air Probably no other country at that time could have ulled off that retreat simply for want of the euipmentThe author has generously rovided us with hotos ertinent to the text on glossy aper thank you very much And a map of the area on the inside of the cover where I found it eventually after cursing the lack of a mapA couple of assages amused me or raised my eyebrow One occurs on Times of Bede page 113 where Sides is trying to impress upon us the terrible cold that the Marines faced at the Chosin Reservoir Overnight temperatures went into free fall Within a few hours the mercurylummeted forty degrees to nearly ten below zero FahrenheitWell that s kinda cold I guessif you don t have a jacket or something Around these The Catechism of the Council of Trent parts 10 is a bloody heat wave And combatant reports of small arms fire kicking up waterspouts from the ice on the reservoir indicates that maybe the Chosin wasn t as frozen as we might think And onage 193 I found Some of the UN units were City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York performing valiantly especially a brigade of Turks who had surprised everyone with their resilience and ferocity I wondered why any General would be surprised by Turkish ferocityit s not like it hasn t been well documented Ask the Aussies about dealing with Johnny Turk in WWIOverall I think this is about as close toerfect as a war book can get Sides gets the meat of the "story over efficiently and in a captivating manner "over efficiently and in a captivating manner could have done without the hoto of Chesty Puller thoughhe scares hell right outta me What a treat to have Sides create a narrative for us on a tough job our soldiers Had In Korea And in Korea and in some lessons relevant to our recarious Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje position today in thatart of the world I ve had nothing but 5 star reads wi. 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 ace and owerful in its ortrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstanc. ,


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 Learner Strategies in Language Learning 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 heartounding excitement of a bestselling thriller Even knowing the outcome of the various disparate events in this battle I couldn t Dangerously Placed put the book down until I read anotherage 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 Just Destiny 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 ordinaryeople can better appreciate and digest the information that we should all be familiar with The reader cannot help but Paradise Run put this book down and come away with a better understanding of the horrors of war and a greater appreciation for the youngeople 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 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 fighting without delay It is a lace without shelter and no ossibility of easy retreat If met by the enemy an army has no alternative but to surrender or fight its way out of its Help Me, Jacques Cousteau predicament Sun Tzu calls this desperate ground Hampton Sides On Desperate GroundHampton Sides graduated from Yale with a degree in American history However he first made his mark as a journalist whose work wasublished in major Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen periodicals But beginning with theublication of Ghost Soldiers in 2001 he has become a hugely successful author of critically acclaimed narrative historiesHis latest is On Desperate Ground The Marines at the Reservoir the Korean War s Greatest Battle The Book of Mordred published in 2018 As the subtitle indicates it is not a comprehensive study of the Korean War butrimarily focuses on the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir In his review of the book in the Christian Science Monitor Randy Dotinga writes that it s a towering tale of official ineptitude and battlefield fortitude that Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide plays out against the backdrop of America s most forgotten modern war Sadly to many Americans it is simply the war that tooklace between WWII and Viet Nam On Desperate Ground is an account not of a heroic victory but rather a heroic retreat Sides makes the case that the tragic and bloody circumstances that led to the retreat would have never occurred without the misjudgment of a narcissistic seventy year old military commanderGeneral Douglas MacArthur was the supreme commander of allied Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert powers in the Pacific and as such was in charge of theostwar occupation of Japan when North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25 1950 and drove the South Korean and US Armies south to a Hidden Boundaries perimeter surrounding theort of Pusan at the tip of the Korean eninsulaOn September 15 MacArthur launched an audacious highly risky amphibious landing in South Korea at the ort of Inchon located due west of Seoul the South s capital city A lot of things could have gone wrong but they didn t And the invading Marines were able to liberate Seoul and drive the North Korean army in disarray back to the north beyond the 38th Parallel which divided the two countries War is the unfolding of miscalculations Barbara TuchmanSides lays the blame for the miscalculations that "followed Inchon suarely on the shoulders of Douglas MacArthur After the dramatic success of the Inchon landing hubris defined as a "Inchon suarely on the shoulders of Douglas MacArthur After the dramatic success of the Inchon landing hubris defined as a of excessive ride self confidence and arrogance became an overwhelming mindset that hampered Douglas MacArthur s vision of what of excessive ride self confidence and arrogance became an overwhelming mindset that hampered Douglas MacArthur s vision of what to come after InchonHad the war ended with the North Korean army defeated and driven back to the north it would have lasted about three months But because of official ineptitude at the top the war lasted another three years ending in stalemate with the two countries still divided at the Forever I'm Yours point they were when the war beganUnfortunately MacArthur s delusions of grandeur got the best of him and instead of ending the fighting with the liberation of South Korea he madelans to cross the border and march all the way to the Yalu the river that separates North Korea and ChinaThe General had assured President Harry Truman that organized resistance would be terminated by Thanksgiving and that the troops would be home by ChristmasTruman asked that MacArthur be sensitive to any indication that China or the Soviet Union might enter the war He demanded that at the first sign of any involvement on the art of either of those nations that MacArthur was to halt his advanceSides writesMacArthur layed down Truman s concerns His own intelligence indicated that the Chinese wouldn t dare enter the conflict and if they did he was sure his forces would destroy them He did not think much of Mao s troops He believed they were nothing than a band of serfs subsisting on rice ball and yams relying on little burp guns and fizzly explosives that usually failed to detonate an army held together with hemp string and bambooIt was on October 15. 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 lunging to 20 degrees below zero the surrounded Marines fought through. ,
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 revious works The book is based on extensive interviews memoirs command of secondary sources and the ability to Renoir place the reader along side historical decision makers and the soldiers who carried out their orders Whether Sides is writing about James Earl Ray and the assassination of Martin Luther King the last survivors of the Bataan Death March a biography of Kit Carson or the late 19th century voyage of the USS Jeanette to the unchartered Artic waters he tells his stories with uncanny historical accuracy and incisive analysisIn his current effort Sides conveys the authenticity and intensity of war on the Koreaneninsula His Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik portrayal of the bravery of America soldiers is clear and unsettling as the realism of combat is laid bare for all to see At times it is difficult to comprehend what these soldiers were able to overcome and reading the book during the week of Veteran s Day makes Sides work that relevantSides integrates all the important historical figures into his narrative including American Marines and members of the US Army We meet the egotistical General Douglas MacArthur and his staff of sycophants and supplicants MacArthur can carry out the Inchon landing against all odds but this logistical miracle seems to fuel is insatiable need for further glory Fed by men like General Ned Almond whose main goal was to carry out MacArthur s wishes sluffing off any advice or criticism by otherlanners the only result could be the disaster that encompassed American soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir and along the Yalu River Disregarding intelligence that went against his own staff MacArthur and Almond would Nightwing: On the Razor's Edge push on disregarding and ignoring contrary opinions President Harry Truman appears and seems to go along with MacArthurarticularly at the Wake Island Conference until Bakunin: The Creative Passion proof emerges that over 250000 Chinese Communist soldiers haveoured into North Korea from mid October 1950 onwardPerhaps Sides most revealing The Donegal Woman portrait in explaining how American soldiers met disaster in the Chosin Reservoir region was his comparison of the views of Major General Oliver Prince Smith the Commander of the First Marine Division a by the book Marine who described MacArthur as a man with a solemn regard for his own divinity and Major General Edward Ned Almond MacArthur s Chief of Staff All Almond cared about was speed disregarding the obstacles that Smith faced inlanning MacArthur s assault on northern Korea Smith was a deliberate and fastidious Martha's Chickens and the Pirates planner who resented Almond s constant goading He felt that Almond strutted around like MacArthur and maderonouncements based on minimum intelligence Almond was a racist who down The Necromancer, or The Tale of the Black Forest played the abilities of Hispanic American troops and thought very little of the fighting ability of the Chinese For Almond sart he viewed Smith as an impediment to his overall goals of carrying out MacArthur s wishes He believed that Smith was overly concerned with Amstel Girl: Playing With Destiny planning minutiae and his deliberate approach detracted from his grandlansSides ortrayals of American soldiers and the their character rovides insights and A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi provide a mirror for the reader into theerson s abilities and their impact on their units individual bravery and the success or failure of their unit battalion or company s mission Studies of Lee Bae Suk "a Chinese American who escaped North Korea as a teenager and enlisted in the Marines "Chinese American who escaped North Korea as a teenager and enlisted in the Marines William Earl Barber Commander of Company F 2nd Battalion role Hiam protecting the Toktong Pass a key route to the Chosin Reservoir and a student of Sun Tzu as was Mao Zedong the exploits of Seventh Marines Company E known as Easy Commander First Lieutenant John Yancy at Hill 1282 Lieutenant Chew Een who led the column to rescue Fox Company encircled by Chinese troops the Jersey contingent ofrivate Kenneth Benson and Private Hector Cafferata Jr s heroism in Fox Company Lieutenant Thomas Hudner who would earn the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery for his attempt to rescue Ensign Jesse Brown who hailed from a Mississippi sharecroppers background to become the first African American fighter We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure, pilot in the US Navy are among many along with otherortrayals that are eye opening as so many soldiers continued to fight on against all odds despite wounds that would not have allowed most to even stand uprightSides description of combat is almost Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes pure in of itself but completely unnerving Arime example is the fight for Hill 1282 and the rescue attempt of Fox Company The Chinese would attack American soldiers in human waves by the thousands aying little or no attention to casualties as Marines repeatedly cut them down The carnage and suffering are hard to comprehend as is the bravery of US Marines fighting in sub zero temperatures in the middle of the night to rotect a small Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading piece of geography in northern Korea against an enemy lacking in communications using the unnerving sounds of bugles cymbals whistles and such to organize their attacks Battles are seen through the eyes of thearticipants And The Will And the will and of each man is on full displaySides has written an excellent narrative military history but on another level he has Tajna vještina - Gibonni biografija produced a study that highlights the relationship between men in combat and how they rely upon each other for their survival It is a book about heroes the idiocy of war and the incompetence of decision making byeople at the top who are willing to send men to their deaths in many cases without batting an eye The book reads like a novel but it resents history as truth that cannot be "denied or dismissed I am giving this book 5 stars The 5 star rating for me means the book "or dismissed I am giving this book 5 stars The 5 star rating for me means the book 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 opular media Conseuently I do not know much. 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.