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from the Chinese side China really cannot be faulted for taking part in the Chinese side China really cannot be faulted for taking part in Korean war They told warned and warned the UN to not go too far north in Korea but they were ignored The stories told in this book are incredibly detailed and really show the Korean war in a way few other authors ave ever done A terrific edition to any serious Korean War library My Rating 5 starsThis review first appeared I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it presented these early years of the war from the Chinese perspective All in all this seemed to The Elixir and the Stone have been a war driven byubris on all sides at varying times The "North Koreans for starting the war and then being allowed by the Chinese to save face "Koreans for starting the war and then being allowed by the Chinese to save face acting like they pushed America back the Americans MacArthur for driving north to the Yalu and inciting the Chinese followed by the Chinese attempt to push the US and South Koreans out of Korea entirely once they felt they ad an easy time of pushing the US south of the 38th parallel Tough tough war for the soldiers on all sides who bore the brunt of the miscalculations of the decision makers This account of the results of the entry of China into the Korean War is noteworthy in that it was based on Chinese sources including interview material As such it was a valuable addition to the literature when it appeared in 1988 Well written deeply engrossing account of the early period of the Korean War Spurr follows the action largely from the North Korean and Chinese side focusing on Chinese observers with the NK forces at the siege of the Pusan Perimeter and then following a Chinese special operations unit the Sharp Swords from the Chinese entry into the war until the Chinese advance came up against Matthew Ridgway s defensive lines There are powerful images ere a Chinese observer at Pusan listening to Black Columbiad: Defining Moments in African American Literature and Culture (Harvard English Studies) his NKosts discuss their pla This was an excellently written book Spurr is not a Black Noir historian but rather a journalistaving covered the Korean War on the ground as such the book is not written in an academic tone though Spurr did do The Bad Guys his research The book is written primarily from the viewpoint of the Chinese who did the fighting against the American South Korean British and Turkish forces He was able to get interviews with them by traveling to Taiwan where manyad been expatriated to following the war Alluding to the victories later won by the UN forces led by the American General Matt Ridgeway As such the book reads almost like a novel as Spurr relies Yce (Captured by Aliens heavily on the accounts of the interviewed Chinese themselves to tell the tale thoughe does throw in African Literature, Animism and Politics his own analysis at timesCertainly the book opens the door to who is almost always the faceless mass of the Red foe in most Korean Waristory s Just for this alone the book is worth the cost The Chinese were EXCELLENT soldiers with fantastic junior leadership great morale elan and the will to press their victories Promise Lords of Action home to the fullest advantage Something the American forces pre Ridgeway were not willing to do Also the book sheds a little light on who should be considered one of the better commanders of the 20th century Peng Dehuai It was Peng who led the Chinese forces to victory over the UN forces in what still stands as the greatest defeat outside of the fall of the Philippines the US Armyas ever suffered Someone else who comes off well in the narrative though only towards the end of the book is General Matt Ridgeway who was clearly able to whip the UN forces into shape and with the mantra of find them fix them fight them finish them was able to grind the Chinese Army down in a series of battles that retook Seoul for the last time and forced the war into a stalemate The book showcases just ow much MacArthur failed as a commander by ignoring the intelligence that practically screamed that the Chinese really were coming Although to be fair Spurr alludes early on that e doesn t like MacArthur so this may color the narrative Also Out of the Shadows he showcases the near ineptness of the US forces outside of the Marines pre Ridgeway In one memorable scene US tanks are in support of a South Korean attack on a position that proves to beeld by Chinese rather than North Korean forces near the Yalu River The US tankers panic at the slightest bit of fire and Black Gotham hold back separating themselves from the South Korean infantry When the Chineseammer the South Koreans and force them to retreat the US tankers panic thinking their under attack and fire into the poor South Koreans Previously Addiction having fought bravely and well the South Koreans throw down their weapons and leave the fieldnot out of panicowever but out of disgust at all the ell they ve been put through The ineptness of their own allies being the final straw The North Koreans too come across mixed Although their military officers who fought at the front are. Reissued to coincide with the 60th anniversary of US involvement in the Korean War this gripping dramatic military classic re creates six pivotal months in the conflict told from both the Chinese and Allied sidesThe Korean War was years before Vietnam the first great East West military misadventure eventually engaging sixteen countries under the UN flag in war against China and North Kore. .
Views with some of is "staff officers Spurr is able to provide a detailed picture of is leadership and initiative "officers Spurr is able to provide a detailed picture of is leadership and initiative Korea Badly euipped and lacking all modern amenities Madisons War he and the Chinese leadership in general were still determined not to allow the Americans to conuer all of Korea They knew their own weaknesses and compensated for them by using vast networks of coolies to carry supplies by using captured supplies by marching great distances on foot along mountain tracks to surprise the enemy and by attacking at night to nullify America s superior firepower and total domination of the air They studied their opposite leaders and were well aware of MacArthur s islandopping exploits in the second world war when the North Koreans failed to break into the Pusan pocket Chinese staff officers fully expected MacArthur to go for a bold amphibious landing the only uestion was whereWhile they freuently Manual do guerreiro da luz had a cartoonish view of the GIs as uniformly soft and easily scared their view of their American adversaries was much realistic than the cartoonish view the Americansad of the Chinese coolies In fact the Chinese do seem to Creative Alcohol Inks have tried to signal that total destruction of North Korea would not be allowed and theyoped that the Americans would understand these signals Unfortunately the Americans and in particular MacArthur were not mentally ready to see the Chinese as a respectable power with its own interests somewhat understandable given recent Chinese Fallin For His Thug Passion 2 history while the Chinese for all their material backwardness saw themselves as a great civilization and were determined to be respected as one The first phase of their counter attack in Korea was well planned brilliantly executed and led to the mostumiliating retreat in US military Carrot City history These were not meat grinder operations in which tens of thousands of Chinese died inuman wave assaults they were a series of well executed attacks that completely unbalanced the US forces and induced such defeatism that the US not only retreated from its positions near the Chinese borders but did not even try to See What You Made Me Do hold a line around Pyongyang something they couldave done if they Java 8 in Action had been better ledUltimately General Matthew Ridgeway arrived to take charge of the demoralized American troops and reversed their losses retaking Seoul and fighting the Chinese to a standstill at the 38th parallel In this phase the Chinese did sufferorrendous casualties and North Korea was bombed into the stone age but by then Marshal Peng and Weaving a Family Untangling Race and Adoption his troopsad made their point Chinese core interests as defined by the Chinese would be defended no matter what the costThe book is full of fascinating anecdotes but the one that will forever stay in my mind is of Colonel Wong passing through the frozen wastes of North Korea at the eight of winter and being surprised by the site of dozens and then undreds of snowmen scattered across the land until Principles of Agricultural Engineering Volume-1 (Farm Power, farm Machinery, Farm Buildings, Post Harvest-Technology) his North Korean driver tellsim that these are Chinese coolies and soldiers who froze to death in the arctic cold and The Special Undercover Delivery (The Little Ad (The Little Ad(option) Agency Book 1) have been covered by snow The other isis description of the last days of the great Marshal Peng Dehuai Marshal Peng a straight shooting peasant revolutionary made the fatal mistake of uestioning Mao s actions during the Great Leap Forward For this The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure--Without Losing Your Soul he was removed fromis posts arrested and then repeatedly beaten in the course of 130 brutal interrogations until Randomized Algorithms Cambridge International Series on Parallel Computation he died under torture after many years of imprisonmentThe other notable point in the book is that even when completely down and out and certainly as soon as they were even a little bit back on their feet the North Koreans deferred to no one Even though it was the Chinese who were doing almost all the fighting at that point the North Koreans insisted on maintaining appearances the Chinese as their guests the North Koreans as the primary actors in the war and today the gigantic Korean war museum in Pyongyangas only one picture showing Chinese volunteers crossing the Yalu everything else is KoreanSpurr Northanger Abbey has the war correspondents disdain for the senior brass ofis own army and Longman Academic Writing Series 5 has a special dislike for MacArthur soe may be a little unfair when it comes to the supreme commander but overall this is a fair and balanced book and one that fills a real gap in The Japanese Pottery Handbook: Revised Edition histories of the Korean war In a way Spurr was luckye got into China to research this when the Chinese were repudiating the Cultural revolution and Maoism and The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) his interlocutors were able to talk toim relatively freely That degree of openness may not be possible now It is possible that other researchers Reckoning The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment have dug up material that was not available to Spurr whene wrote this book in the 1980s but I am not aware of another English language book that presents the Chinese side in this manner Definitely worth reading Deep Not a scholarly The Conditions of Agricultural Growth The Economics of Agrarian Change under Population Pressure history but still gave me insights into modern Chineseistory I never عمارة يعقوبيان ha. Intervention through their first strike in October to the standstill at the end of January 1951Based on five years of research and over 20 fact finding trips to the People's Republic of China and Korea Enter the Dragon describes why China became involved in Korea andow its strategy evolved and re creates life on the front lines conference rooms and in the streets of the embattled citie.
A uniue perspective on the Korean war this book examines it in detail