Best Korean War Campaigns History Books
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1. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
Author: by Adam Makos
Published at: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (March 21, 2017)
THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE From America’s forgotten war in Korea comes an unforgettable tale of courage by the author of A Higher Call. Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend.
A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.
While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous joblanding on the deck of an aircraft carriera line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept.
Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC Red Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor.
2. On Desperate Ground: The Epic Story of Chosin Reservoir–the Greatest Battle of the Korean War
Author: by Hampton Sides
Published at: Anchor; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2019)
“Superb…A masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail… This war story the fight to break out of a frozen hell near the Chosin Reservoir has been told many times before. But Sides tells it exceedingly well, with fresh research, gritty scenes and cinematic sweep.”Washington PostFrom 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, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving.
The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war. As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir.
3. The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
Author: by Bob Drury
Published at: Grove Press; First Trade Paper edition (November 3, 2009)
A “gut-clenching and meticulously detailed” (USA Today) account from the Korean War and how Captain William Barber led 246 courageous Marines of the Seventh Marine Regiment in the perilous defense of Fox Hill. November 1950, the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao’s warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir.
Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge that will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 234 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines.
Barber and his men climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass, where they will endure four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox’s Marines are killed, wounded, or captured.
4. This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Author: by T.R. Fehrenbach
Published at: POTOMAC BOOKS; 50th Anniversary edition (March 1, 2001)
Selected for the 2019 Commandant’s Professional Reading List Updated with maps, photographs, and battlefield diagrams, this special fiftieth anniversary edition of the classic history of the Korean War is a dramatic and hard-hitting account of the conflict written from the perspective of those who fought it.
Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small-unit commanders and their troops. Unlike any other work on the Korean War, it provides both a clear panoramic overview and a sharply drawn “you were there” account of American troops in fierce combat against the North Korean and Chinese communist invaders.
As Americans and North Koreans continue to face each other across the 38th Parallel, This Kind of War commemorates the past and offers vital lessons for the future.
5. Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse
Author: by Robin Hutton
Published at: Regnery History; Reprint edition (August 10, 2015)
New York Times Bestseller! She wasn’t a horseshe was a Marine. She might not have been much to look ata small “Mongolian mare,” they called herbut she came from racing stock, and had the blood of a champion. Much more than that, Reckless became a war heroin fact, she became a combat Marine, earning staff sergeant’s stripes before her retirement to Camp Pendleton.
This once famous horse, recognized as late as 1997 by Life Magazine as one of America’s greatest heroesthe greatest war horse in American history, in facthas unfortunately now been largely forgotten. But author Robin Hutton is set to change all that.
Not only has she been the force behind recognizing Reckless with a monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and at Camp Pendleton, but she has now recorded the full story of this four-legged war hero who hauled ammunition to embattled Marines and inspired them with her relentless, and reckless, courage.
6. Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero
Author: by Patricia McCormick
Published at: Balzer + Bray; Illustrated edition (September 12, 2017)
The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.
When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known.
And one of the biggest appetites! Soon Reckless showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battleagain and againbecoming the only animal ever to officially hold military rankbecoming Sgt. Recklessand receive two Purple Hearts.
This is the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, sumptuously illustrated by acclaimed artist Iacopo Bruno.
7. Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
Author: by Joseph R. Owen
Published at: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (August 30, 1997)
“A MUST READ …This book [is] one of the best on that war in Korea…. A wonderful account of common, decent men in desperate action.”-LeatherneckDuring the early, uncertain days of the Korean War, World War II veteran and company lieutenant Joe Owen saw firsthand how the hastily assembled mix of some two hundred regulars and raw reservists hardened into a superb Marine rifle company known as Baker-One-Seven.
As comrades fell wounded and dead around them on the frozen slopes above Korea’s infamous Chosin Reservoir, Baker-One-Seven’s Marines triumphed against the relentless human-wave assaults of Chinese regulars and took part in the breakout that destroyed six to eight divisions of Chinese regulars.
COLDER THAN HELL paints a vivid, frightening portrait of one of the most horrific infantry battles ever waged.”Thoroughly gripping … The Chosin action is justly called epical; Lieutenant Owen tells the tale of the men who made it so.”-Booklist
8. The Frozen Chosen: The 1st Marine Division and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir
Author: by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Published at: Osprey Publishing; Reprint edition (October 24, 2017)
The Frozen Chosen is an account of the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by the 1st Marine Division from November to December 1950, following the intervention of Red China in the Korean War. Fought during the worst blizzard in a century, it is considered by the United States Marine Corps to be the Corps’ finest hour.
Fourteen Medals of Honor, a record for any American battle, and eighty-five Navy Crosses-many awarded in lieu of an original nomination for the Medal of Honor-attest to the intensity of the battle. Based on first-person interviews from surviving veterans who came to be known as the Frozen Chosen, this is the incredible story of heroism and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds, as a handful of Marines fought desperately against wave after wave of Chinese forces.
Sometimes forced into desperate hand-to-hand fighting in intense cold, cut off from reinforcements, and with dwindling supplies and ammunition, the fighting retreat from Chosin marked one of the darkest moments for Western forces in Korea, it but would go on to resonate with generations of Marines as a symbol of the Marine Corps’ dogged determination, fighting skill, and never-say-die attitude on the battlefield.
9. Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950
Author: by Martin Russ
Published at: Penguin Books (May 1, 2000)
On General Douglas MacArthur’s orders, a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines were marching north to the Yalu river in late November 1950. These three regiments of the 1st Marine Division-strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road-soon found themselves completely surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers.
Despite being given up for lost by the military brass, the 1st Marine Division fought its way out of the frozen mountains, miraculously taking thier dead and wounded with them as they ran the gauntlet of unceasing Chinese attacks. This is the gripping story that Martin Russ tells in his extraordinary book.
Breakout is an unforgettable portrayal of the terror and courage of men as they face sudden death, making the bloody battles of the Korean hills and valleys come alive as they never have before. Of interest will be the new PBS American Experience Documentary “The Battle of Chosin”, which premiered on November 1, 2016.
10. East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 (Volume 2) (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series)
Author: by Roy E. Appleman
Published at: Texas A&M University Press (September 1, 1990)
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 Manchuria.Roy E. Appleman, noted historian of the Korean conflict, describes the tragic fate of the troops of the 31st Regimental Combat Team which fought this engagement and presents a thorough analysis of the physical conditions, attitudes, and command decisions that doomed them.
11. The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950-1953
Author: by Clay Blair
Published at: Times Books; 1st edition (December 12, 1987)
Combines enormous battlefield-level detail with command-level military history and domestic and international politics to create a definitive history of the Korean War
12. The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North (Modern War Studies (Hardcover))
Author: by Allan R. Millett
Published at: University Press of Kansas; 1st Edition (April 27, 2010)
In The War for Korea, 1945-1950: A House Burning, one of our most distinguished military historians argued that the conflict on the Korean peninsula in the middle of the twentieth century was first and foremost a war between Koreans that began in 1948.
In the second volume of a monumental trilogy, Allan R. Millett now shifts his focus to the twelve-month period from North Korea’s invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950, through the end of June 1951the most active phase of the internationalized “Korean War.” Moving deftly between the battlefield and the halls of power, Millett weaves together military operations and tactics without losing sight of Cold War geopolitics, strategy, and civil-military relations.
Filled with new insights on the conflict, his book is the first to give combined arms its due, looking at the contributions and challenges of integrating naval and air power with the ground forces of United Nations Command and showing the importance of Korean support services.
13. China and the Vietnam Wars, 1950-1975 (New Cold War History)
Author: by Qiang Zhai
Published at: University of North Carolina Press; First Edition (April 3, 2000)
In the quarter century after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Beijing assisted Vietnam in its struggle against two formidable foes, France and the United States. Indeed, the rise and fall of this alliance is one of the most crucial developments in the history of the Cold War in Asia.
Drawing on newly released Chinese archival sources, memoirs and diaries, and documentary collections, Qiang Zhai offers the first comprehensive exploration of Beijing’s Indochina policy and the historical, domestic, and international contexts within which it developed. In examining China’s conduct toward Vietnam, Zhai provides important insights into Mao Zedong’s foreign policy and the ideological and geopolitical motives behind it.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he shows, Mao considered the United States the primary threat to the security of the recent Communist victory in China and therefore saw support for Ho Chi Minh as a good way to weaken American influence in Southeast Asia.
14. Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I
Author: by Hervey Allen
Published at: University of Nebraska Press; Reissue edition (June 1, 2003)
Considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War, Hervey Allen’s Toward the Flame vividly chronicles the experiences of the Twenty-eighth Division in the summer of 1918. Made up primarily of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Twenty-eighth Division saw extensive action on the Western Front.
The story begins with Lieutenant Allen and his men marching inland from the French coast and ends with their participation in the disastrous battle for the village of Fismette. Allen was a talented observer, and the men with whom he served emerge as well-rounded characters against the horrific backdrop of the war.
As a historical document, Toward the Flame is significant for its highly detailed account of the controversial military action at Fismette. At the same time, it easily stands as a work of literature. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Allen employs the novelist’s powers of description to create a harrowing portrait of coalition war at its worst.
15. Attack at Chosin: The Chinese Second Offensive in Korea
Author: by Dr. Xiaobing Li
Published at: University of Oklahoma Press (May 7, 2020)
For members of the U.S. Army’s Task Force Faith and the First Marine Division, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir is an epic story of survival, courage, and ingenuity. Their exploits are well knownwoven into the storied histories of the U.S.
Army and Marine Corps. Now, for the first time, Attack at Chosin recounts this battle from the Chinese perspective, describing the advance that forced General MacArthur to reorient his strategy, which not only marked a turning point in the Korean War but impacted events in Asia in ways that still resonate today.
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, as the Chinese commanders foretold, determined the fate and length of the Korean War. Author Xiaobing Li describes the fighting that began on November 27, 1950, when 150,000 soldiers from the Chinese Ninth Army Group attacked the First Marines and elements of the 7th Infantry Division in the remote mountains of North Korea.
It was a calculated attempt to repel MacArthur’s home-by-Christmas offensive and to deter UN forces from further advances toward the Chinese border. The fierce fighting that followed, combined with the bitter cold, made Chosin one of the deadliest battles of the war.
16. Pork Chop Hill: The American fighting man in action, Korea, spring, 1953
Author: by S. L. A Marshall
The Easton Press
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