[KINDLE] ❀ The River and the Gauntlet: Defeat of the Eighth Army by the Chinese Communist Forces, November, 1950, in the Battle of the Chongchon River, Korea By S.L.A. Marshall – Writerscompany.co.uk

The River and the Gauntlet: Defeat of the Eighth Army by the Chinese Communist Forces, November, 1950, in the Battle of the Chongchon River, Korea This is a close look at how the People s Liberation Army the Chinese Communist Armed Forces ambushed and defeated the US Army, in particular the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions It was a muddled battle which means this is can be a muddle of a read The focus is often down at the squad level Marshall did a lot of interviewing for this book that was completed before the war ended, so there is an urgency and freshness to it I found the clarity of the book to vary At times, I could almost feel This is a close look at how the People s Liberation Army the Chinese Communist Armed Forces ambushed and defeated the US Army, in particular the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions It was a muddled battle which means this is can be a muddle of a read The focus is often down at the squad level Marshall did a lot of interviewing for this book that was completed before the war ended, so there is an urgency and freshness to it I found the clarity of the book to vary At times, I could almost feel the Chinese advancing on US position, in others, the chaos of combat became all too apparent What I found missing was aanalytical detachment to explain why the US troops performed so badly, and why the Chinese did well The wartime writing prevented any kind of inclusion of Chinese sources, and Koreans are under used too.The best part of the book was understanding how the troops actually operated Reading this made me pick up This Kind of War for a broader view which is a victory of sorts The Classic Account Of The Nd Infantry Divisions Retreat From The Chongchon River, North Korea In November, This read is best for those with military experience It is sad, very sad, but too often true in many aspects During the story I was mostly depressed, even when progress was made by some. Marshall wrote The River and Gauntlet in 1953 It chronicles the U.S Army s battle against the Chinese People s Voluntary Army in November 1950 along the Chongchon River in North Korea The recount is written from a diarist s perspective and in great detail chronicles US Army failed strategies and tactics leading to 3,000 to 7,000 U.S casualties It is used by military historians to teach lessons learned when communications and mechanism fail in forbidding terrain in the face of formable c Marshall wrote The River and Gauntlet in 1953 It chronicles the U.S Army s battle against the Chinese People s Voluntary Army in November 1950 along the Chongchon River in North Korea The recount is written from a diarist s perspective and in great detail chronicles US Army failed strategies and tactics leading to 3,000 to 7,000 U.S casualties It is used by military historians to teach lessons learned when communications and mechanism fail in forbidding terrain in the face of formable counter strategies In this book, SLA Marshall details just what can happen when an army is unprepared for battle In 1950 the US Army was under trained, under equiped and under armed, having been largely dismantled after 1945 Its intelligence capacity was a shadow of what it had been in WW2 The ChiComs acheived strategic and tactical surprise which gave them crushing victories Marshall tells the stories of different platoons or companies as they were overrun and massacred Most of the stories are told by surviv In this book, SLA Marshall details just what can happen when an army is unprepared for battle In 1950 the US Army was under trained, under equiped and under armed, having been largely dismantled after 1945 Its intelligence capacity was a shadow of what it had been in WW2 The ChiComs acheived strategic and tactical surprise which gave them crushing victories Marshall tells the stories of different platoons or companies as they were overrun and massacred Most of the stories are told by survivors who fled and survived through luck Several units managed to place themselves in good postions with sufficient ammo and were able to withdraw in some order Others were wiped out and any surviving soldiers shot The lesson seems to be, don t go to war unless you are well and truly ready for the worst Been a while, but captures the heroism and challenges of Chosin Reservoir Best read after ageneral history of the Yalu Chosin Reservoir campaign in Korean War or the war generally. An amazing look at a forgotton war in all of its fury and sadness Not the best written read of all time but an amazing story of fierce fighting, scare tactics, and a humbling defeat by China. At the end of November, 1950, the U.S 8th Army was defeated by Chinese Communist Forces along the Chongchon River in the northwestern part of orth Korea Military intelligence failed to detect that a significant number of Chinese Communist Forces had already crossed into North Korea from Manchuria The rough terrain hampered communication among U.S forces That, coupled with some poor decisions, led to a series of isolated small unit actions on both sides of the Chongchon River Some of these At the end of November, 1950, the U.S 8th Army was defeated by Chinese Communist Forces along the Chongchon River in the northwestern part of orth Korea Military intelligence failed to detect that a significant number of Chinese Communist Forces had already crossed into North Korea from Manchuria The rough terrain hampered communication among U.S forces That, coupled with some poor decisions, led to a series of isolated small unit actions on both sides of the Chongchon River Some of these actions were Chinese victories and some were U.S victories Strategically, however, the 8th Army was in danger of being cut up defeated in detail.U.S forces also failed to detect that the Chinese in division strength surrounded one of the main retreat routes, culminating in a pass, which became known as The Gauntlet Wrecked vehicles became roadblocks Losses in the U.S 2nd Division varied depending on where you were in the column of vehicles Those in the front of the column fared better than those strung out towards the rear.U.S forces hadn t yet learned how best to fight the Chinese Communist Forces, who liked to launch their attacks at night U.S forces learned by accident grass fires and huts catching on fire that illuminating the attacking Chinese at night was a key to success These lessons were eventually passed along to other soldiers as developing doctrine.Marshall specialized in interviewing soldiers shortly after the action and telling the story on a small unit, even individual, scale His stories of individual heroics, cowardice, successes failures are gripping.One plus of this book is the glossary of military terms for weapons and other equipment I found the maps to be rather crude but they helped illustrate the events in the story.On the minus side is Marshall s often racist language this book was written in 1953 He treats the performance of African American soldiers with respect, but his choice of words makes unnecessary racial distinctions Also he frequently refers to South Korean troops as ROKs and Chinese Communist Forces as gooks If you can overlook these flaws, this book tells a story that should be told about a largely overlooked episode in what has been called The Forgotten War This is one of my favorite books very well written just a few years after this pivotal Korean War battle, covering the battle from start to finish in good, even detail, and brutally honest I hope I am wrong, but I wonder if some of the less than sterling support for the book and its author, S L A Marshall, might come from Marshall s honest depiction of possibly America s worst military defeat of the 20th Century The River and the Gauntlet would make for a great film Biased disclosure This is one of my favorite books very well written just a few years after this pivotal Korean War battle, covering the battle from start to finish in good, even detail, and brutally honest I hope I am wrong, but I wonder if some of the less than sterling support for the book and its author, S L A Marshall, might come from Marshall s honest depiction of possibly America s worst military defeat of the 20th Century The River and the Gauntlet would make for a great film Biased disclosure One of my uncles was in the thick of this battle, and he came back with hard first hand memories of the horrors of war, and PTSD He was a hero

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