The Marines of winter

November 1992
Advertising Age;11/23/1992, Vol. 63 Issue 48, p20
Trade Publication
This article recounts the battle of the Chosin Reservoir between the allied forces led by the U.S. Marines and the North Korean and Chinese forces during the winter of 1950. It was a vast and strange battle fought, in large part because U.S. General Douglas MacArthur hoped to be elected president in 1952. As his troops cross the Parallel into North Korea there were warnings, diplomatic and military, that China would not idly permit a United Nations army to install itself on China's border at the Yalu River. In November, the Chinese overrun and destroyed United Nation outfits. At Yudam-ni, the Marines were sent to climb a thousand vertical feet in deep snow to attack the Chinese-held ridge lines. To the east a U.S. Army regiment was wiped out. Finally, the Marines were ordered to fight their way out to the sea, bringing along whatever U.S., South Korean and British soldiers still survived in hills swarming with Chinese forces.


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