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read & download On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle Hampton Sides ¿ 6 read & download On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle free read  106 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 pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstanc. I am giving this book 5 stars The 5 star rating for me means the book possesses 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 popular media Conseuently I do not know much 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 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 heart pounding excitement of a bestselling thriller Even knowing the outcome of the various disparate events in this battle I couldn t put the book down until I read another page 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 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 ordinary people can better appreciate and digest the information that we should all be familiar with The reader cannot help but put this book down and come away with a better understanding of the horrors of war and a greater appreciation for the young people 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 Autopornography: A Memoir of Life in the Lust Lane (Haworth Gay Lesbian Studies) 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 pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstanc. I am giving this book 5 stars The 5 star rating for me means the book possesses 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 popular media Conseuently I do not know much about the Korean War and surprisingly this war didn t seem to get the Nguồn gốc người Việt – người Mường 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 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 heart pounding excitement of a bestselling thriller Even knowing the outcome of the various disparate events in this battle I couldn t put the book down Miniature Chess Problems from Many Countries until I read another page 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 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 ordinary people can better appreciate and digest the information that we should all be familiar with The reader cannot help but put this book down and come away with a better Underneath Our Broken Wings understanding of the horrors of war and a greater appreciation for the young people 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

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read & download On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle Hampton Sides ¿ 6 read & download On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle free read  106 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. This is the best account of the Chosin Reservoir battle I have read Sides is an excellent historian and his exhaustive research shows But than that Sides knows how to weave individual stories into the broad overview and still keep the narrative pace moving smartly alongChosin was the site of the first major engagement between the United Nations coalition force commanded by the vainglorious Gen Douglas MacArthur and Mao Zedong s People s Volunteer Army Gen Oliver Smith of the First Marine Division spearheaded the effort North Korea had started the war five months earlier when it invaded the South United Nations forces pushed the North Koreans back beyond the 38th parallel and MacArthur thought he could defeat the North Koreans decisively so as to reunite the country But when the Americans got closer to the Chinese border Mao decided to intervene in a BIG way shifting 300000 troops to the Korean peninsula from a planned engagement with Taiwan These troops were ill prepared for the brutal cold and lacked even sufficient guns Indeed the most common guns were American ones scavenged from the Nationalists who had lost to the CommunistsGen MacArthur completely underestimated the Chinese s fighting prowess and disregarded his own intelligence reports indicating that the Chinese had crossed the Yulu River into North Korea Gen Smith was not so sanguine and did his best to prepare for the worst while still following orders from headuarters Those efforts allowed for one of military history s greatest tactical retreats The battle was fought in extreme cold dipping to 25 degrees Fahrenheit on occasion And as my Marine son said after cold weather training in Canada Hell is not hot it is cold The cold caused the radios to not work properly so communication was dicey The only positive thing that could be said about such cold was that it helped to cauterize woundsThe butcher s bill was huge Casualties totaled 10000 some 4300 of them Marines More than 7000 other Marines suffered noncombat injuries primarily frostbite By contrast the Chinese reported roughly 50000 killed or wounded Highly recommend The Tree Man utterly defeated by Thanksgiving The Chinese he said with near ce. This is the best account of the Chosin Reservoir battle I have read Sides is an excellent historian and his exhaustive research shows But than that Sides knows how to weave individual stories into the broad overview and still keep the narrative pace moving smartly alongChosin was the site of the first major engagement between the United Nations coalition force commanded by the vainglorious Gen Douglas MacArthur and Mao Zedong s People s Volunteer Army Gen Oliver Smith of the First Marine Division spearheaded the effort North Korea had started the war five months earlier when it invaded the South United Nations forces pushed the North Koreans back beyond the 38th parallel and MacArthur thought he could defeat the North Koreans decisively so as to reunite the country But when the Americans got closer to the Chinese border Mao decided to intervene in a BIG way shifting 300000 troops to the Korean peninsula from a planned engagement with Taiwan These troops were ill prepared for the brutal cold and lacked even sufficient guns Indeed the most common guns were American ones scavenged from the Nationalists who had lost to the CommunistsGen MacArthur completely Samsara Na drogach których nie ma underestimated the Chinese s fighting prowess and disregarded his own intelligence reports indicating that the Chinese had crossed the Yulu River into North Korea Gen Smith was not so sanguine and did his best to prepare for the worst while still following orders from headuarters Those efforts allowed for one of military history s greatest tactical retreats The battle was fought in extreme cold dipping to 25 degrees Fahrenheit on occasion And as my Marine son said after cold weather training in Canada Hell is not hot it is cold The cold caused the radios to not work properly so communication was dicey The only positive thing that could be said about such cold was that it helped to cauterize woundsThe butcher s bill was huge Casualties totaled 10000 some 4300 of them Marines More than 7000 other Marines suffered noncombat injuries primarily frostbite By contrast the Chinese reported roughly 50000 killed or wounded Highly recommend

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read & download On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle Hampton Sides ¿ 6 read & download On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle free read  106 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 plunging to 20 degrees below zero the surrounded Marines fought through. 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 place without shelter and no possibility of easy retreat If met by the enemy an army has no alternative but to surrender or fight its way out of its 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 was published in major periodicals But beginning with the publication 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 published in 2018 As the subtitle indicates it is not a comprehensive study of the Korean War but primarily 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 plays out against the backdrop of America s most forgotten modern war Sadly to many Americans it is simply the war that took place 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 powers in the Pacific and as such was in charge of the postwar occupation of Japan when North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25 1950 and drove the South Korean and US Armies south to a perimeter surrounding the port of Pusan at the tip of the Korean peninsulaOn September 15 MacArthur launched an audacious highly risky amphibious landing in South Korea at the port 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 feeling of excessive pride self confidence and arrogance became an overwhelming mindset that hampered Douglas MacArthur s vision of what was 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 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 made plans 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 part of either of those nations that MacArthur was to halt his advanceSides writesMacArthur played 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 that 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 plans 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 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 battle plan 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 plan but he was unable to convince MacArthur and Almond that the march to the reservoir would put his command in a dangerously exposed position The major problem 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 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 he possessed the foresight to take some precautionary 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 possible by a general who unlike MacArthur and Almond took nothing for granted


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  • On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle
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  • 13 May 2020
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