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East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 (Texas A & M University Military History Series )

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Roy Appleman's East of Chosin, first published in 1987, won acclaim from reviewers, readers, and veterans and their families. For the first time, there was one complete and accessible record of what happened to the army troops trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir during the first wintry blast of the Korean War. Based heavily on the author's interviews and correspondence wi
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Texas A&M University Press (first published April 1987)
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Don B
I have read many books on the Chosin Reservoir as my dad fought there. He has been mentioned in most of them, and this book is no exception. Still, not letting that flavor my opinion of the book, it is very well written with great detail and background info to help flesh out the evolution of events that took place. If you have an interest in the Korean conflict (war), this is well worth a read. As a former military officer, I would recommend it as well as a great example of what happens with a b...more
Maria
31st Regimental Combat Team of the US Army deployed on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir was the tragedy that highlighted the Marines' triumph on the western side. Appleman dug into survivors accounts and published their story.

Why I started this book: I knew the Marines' story and was interested in the Army's side of the reservoir.

Why I finished it: Appleman concluded that lack of training, lack of communication and death of leadership was the main causes of the tragedy.
Lee Mandel
Must reading for all students of the Korean War. The incredible story of the breakout by the First Marine Division is the stuff legends are made of and is well known. The story of the attempted breakout and ultimate destruction of the 31st Regimental Combat Team of the US Army on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir is a sad story of men placed in an untenable position by various factors, which are all expertly analyzed by the author.
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