War: Fourth Capture of Seoul

The fourth fall of Seoul was a sad business, something like the capture of a tomb. Only 200,000 of Seoul's original 1,500,000 population were still there. The broken city brooded over its own destruction.

Seoul had been heavily damaged last autumn when, after MacArthur's amphibious stroke at Inchon, the Marines and the 7th Infantry Division took it against savage North Korean resistance. This time there was more damage, from hundreds of shells hurled by U.N. artillery from the south bank of the Han. The Bun Chon shopping district, not badly mauled last autumn, was...

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