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Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War

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CHOSIN
Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War

Eric Hammel

Told from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks, outposts, and command posts, Eric Hammel’s Chosin is the definitive account of the epic retreat under fire of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950.

The author first sketches in the errors and miscalculations on the part of the Ameri
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ebook, 479 pages
Published January 25th 2010 by Pacifica Military History (first published 1981)
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Johnny
May 09, 2007 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: military historians
Hammel is noted for his exhaustive research and epic narratives of important battles.

Never since Xenophon and the 10,000 marched out of Persia has a band of men faced more staggering odds, in the grip of a brutal Mother Nature, with only their collective will to live as the thread which kept them together.

One reinforced Marine division of 20,000 men face 15 times the number of Chinese troops. The Chinese, without declaring war, unexpectedly emerge from the first blinding blizzard of the year. T
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Mahlon
Aug 18, 2009 Mahlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military History buffs
Recommended to Mahlon by: Eric Hammel
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Few Military Historians can write a tactical combat narrative as well as Eric Hammel. In his book Chosin he gives you a foxhole-eye view of one of the pivotal battles of the Korean War, in which approx. 30,000 coalition troops (comprised mainly of U.S. Marine and Army units) were surrounded by roughly 150,000 Chinese troops and managed to break out and survive. Hammel's writing has a visceral quality takes you right down to the foxhole level, you'll feel the anticipation as U.S. forces brace to ...more
Joann
Apr 02, 2014 Joann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because my father was one of the "Frozen Chosin." I didn't know much about the war, and I soon found this wasn't the place to start. I just couldn't finish this book. It is written like a documentary, jumping from one area, one company to another. I repeatedly pulled up maps (which aren't included with this book) just to try to figure what the author was talking about. The book presumes that you already have a solid background knowledge about the war, the terrain and t ...more
Brian
Dec 27, 2013 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I didn't finish that I'm pretending I did. My Grandpa was at Chosin so I read to try to understand what it was like. However the book was written in a way that was very "Platoon 5 was on hill 1123 and flanked by company b". Probably great if you read military history often, but kept me from grasping what was going on. That said, I watched a documentary on it instead and was happy to have the grounding the book gave me while watching.
Carla Conley
A hard read about true events.
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Aug 17, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My late father-in-law lived through this and saved many lives. Reading this book made me respect his positive outlook even more. I miss him.
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I was born in 1946, in Salem, Massachusetts, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia in January 1964 and earned a degree in Journalism from Temple University in 1972.

My road to writing military history began at age 12, when I was stuck in bed for a week with a childhood illness. My father bought me the first paperback book I ever owned, Walter
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