War: Coast to Coast

Instead of withdrawing to Position Charlie—twin perimeters around Seoul and Pusan (TIME, Dec. 25)—Douglas MacArthur made a bolder decision: hold a line across the Korean peninsula, just below the 38th parallel. Since the line was about 150 miles long, it was not continuous but a series of strong points, with R.O.K. divisions apparently stationed on the right flank. In case of a cave-in on the right flank, the line could be pulled back around Seoul to form a semicircle with both flanks anchored on the Yellow Sea.

It was an appropriate time and setting for another MacArthur miracle, if he could perform...

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