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The frozen chosen : the 1st Marine Division and the Battle of the Chosin River / Thomas McKelvey Cleaver.

By: Cleaver, Thomas McKelvey [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 2016Description: 296 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472814364; 1472814363.Subject(s): Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Campaigns -- Korea (North) -- Changjin Reservoir | Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives, American | United States. Marine Corps. Marine Division, 1st -- History -- Korean War, 1950-1953DDC classification: 951.904242
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The Frozen Chosen is an account of the breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by the First 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 tothe 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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Maps (p. 6)
  • List of Illustrations (p. 7)
  • Prologue (p. 9)
  • Introduction (p. 15)
  • Chapter 1 Brother's Keeper (p. 20)
  • Chapter 2 Background to War in the Land of the Morning Calm (p. 25)
  • Chapter 3 The Wages of Hubris (p. 45)
  • Chapter 4 The Fatal Decision (p. 93)
  • Chapter 5 First Contact (p. 123)
  • Chapter 6 Where is the Enemy? (p. 153)
  • Chapter 7 The Chinese Attack (p. 175)
  • Chapter 8 Holding On (p. 198)
  • Chapter 9 Breakout (p. 221)
  • Chapter 10 "Retreat, Hell, We're Just Attacking in a New Direction!" (p. 234)
  • Chapter 11 Evacuation (p. 252)
  • Chapter 12 Aftermath (p. 261)
  • Bibliography (p. 288)
  • Index (p. 291)