BATTLE OF KOREA: Crunching Advance

The Peking radio admitted that Seoul had fallen, but called it a "temporary withdrawal." General Ridgway had been wisely unwilling to accept the casualties of a frontal attack. Instead, he had put a bridgehead across the Han east of the capital. When the bridgehead outflanked the Red defenders, they pulled out.

In the central mountains, the Red rearguards put up more of a fight. When they did pull back, they left behind mines, booby traps, even dummies to man their abandoned positions. Hongchon, Pungam and some other towns fell to Ridgway's careful, crunching advance, which was approaching the important Red...

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