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East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 (Texas A & M University Military History Series #2)

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In November, 1950, with the highly successful Inchon Landing behind him, Gen. Douglas MacArthur planned the last major offensive of what was to be a brief "conflict": the drive that would push the North Koreans across the Yalu River into Manchuria. In northern Korea, US forces assembled at Chosin Reservoir to cut behind the North Korean forces blocking the planned march to ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Texas A University Press (first published April 1987)
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Liz
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fbc-16
In the preface to this book, the author tells us that he's attempting to document a story he worries will otherwise be lost. He doesn't seem to anticipate an audience beyond fellow veterans or devotees of military history; he also doesn't seem to care too much about whether the book works as storytelling. As a result, these pages are overloaded with jargon and acronyms, making it difficult for me (not a veteran, not a military historian, and not particularly well-informed about the Korean War) t ...more
Don B
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: histories, war
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
John
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not an easy read. Very detailed research by Mr. Appleman.
Reader has to have an understanding of military terminology, order of battle etc.
A knowledge of the Korean War also helps.
Lee Mandel
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Stace Lee
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well written and researched, Appleman does a good job telling the story of the action around the Chosin Reservoir. This is a compelling look at a minor tragedy amidst a much larger tragedrama...the story of Task Force Smith is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, you know the tragedy is coming but you just can't tear yourself away.

Well worth a weekend of reading!
Joe Koennecke
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A little hard to read considering it reads like a history text book but would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history that doesn't know what happened East of Chosin, Korea. Should be read by army leaders in the face of current draw down with strong reflection on the readiness of the forces we will lead into the next conflict.
Mark
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is not easy to read and follow unless you are well versed in military jargon. If you are, this is an excellent detailed story about an Army regiment that attempts to break out of ChiCom hold at the Chosin Reservoir. A must read if you want to understand Korean War history.
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A graduate of Ohio State University, Roy Edgar Appleman earned an A.M. at Columbia University in 1935. In 1936, he began a career as a historian with the National Park Service, retiring as chief, Branch of Park History Studies, Washington Office in 1970.

During World War II, Appleman served as combat historian and captain with the Tenth Army on Okinawa, and as lieutenant colonel with the X Corps du
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