Retreat, Hell!: The Epic Story of the 1st Marines in Korea Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1989
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- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671678663
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671678661
- Dimensions : 6.82 x 1.06 x 4.24 inches
- Publisher : Pocket (November 1, 1989)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In light of cries for war with China from people have no plans to pick up a rifle, I bought several, one for me to reread, and others to pass out to folks I figured want to know the truth.
The book begins with a very brief orientation to the geography of Korea, and with an equally brief discussion of the unprovoked North Korean attack on June 24th, 1950. Another quick chapter on the US counterattack out of the Pusan perimeter, and the reader now has the strategic overview of where the 1st MARDIV story begins.
The personal recollections of the war are absolutely incredible tales. Individual rifle companies showing fire discipline, and small unit leadership held off entire regiments of Chinese soldiers -- the proverbial David vs. Goliath. All the while, fighting off temperatures that seldom reached above zero. This book is an absolute page-turner once you get into it.
The epilogue contains the requisite "what happened" section, including highlighting three Marines who earned the Medal of Honor. While reading the book, their stories blend in with the other incredible tales of heroism.
My only complaint is the lack of maps in the paperback edition. Spend the extra money and buy the hardcover, or go to Wikipedia and look up "Chosin Resevoir". The maps on the website perfectly complement the book.