By Jr. John Miller, Center of Military History (U.S. Army)

This quantity documents in short, by means of textual content and picture, the Korean clash from January 1951 to the cessation of hostilities in July 1953.  Like its predecessor, Korea 1950, it makes an attempt to supply a correct define of occasions in an effort to express the U.S. military veteran of the Korean clash how the half he performed used to be with regards to the bigger plans and operations of the United international locations forces.  For this cause Korea 1951-1953 specializes in the operations of the USA military yet summarizes the achievements of the sister prone and of the opposite United international locations troops to be able to clarify the contributions of all to the winning resistance opposed to military aggression.

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Each enemy position was, in effect, a strong point which had to be approached, enveloped, and carried by assault. The early spring’s rising temperatures were turning battlefields into quagmires. All supplies had to be hand-carried, and usually only the barest essentials reached the front lines. Prompt action by air rescue and evacuation units saved many wounded who otherwise would have died, for it sometimes took two days to carry the wounded out to litter jeeps. Far East Air Forces cargo aircraft contributed by dropping food and ammunition, and thus gave the ground forces greater f lexibility.

S. IX and X Corps were to advance in the center through successive phase lines to I DAHO while the ROK units in the east covered the right f lank with local attacks 21 and the I Corps in the west maintained its positions south and east of Seoul. N. forces could envelop it. S. 25th Division crossed the Han River near its conf luence with the Pukhan and established a bridgehead on the north bank. S. 3d Division demonstrated along the Han River south of Seoul in an attempt to draw attention from the 25th Division.

S. marines advanced toward Ch’unch’on. The enemy in this sector fought vigorously from bunkers which were little affected by aircraft and artillery attack. In many instances enemy soldiers had to be dislodged by the bayonet. Since Ch’unch’on was an enemy supply and communications center, and it seemed probable that the city could be taken only after a hard fight, the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (RCT) was alerted to make a drop there on 22 March. N. armored patrols entered the Ch’unch’on basin, it became apparent that the progress of Operation RIPPER and the withdrawal of the enemy had been so rapid that an airdrop would not be profitable.

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