International: Now We're Piggin' It

Recently a top U.S. commander was asked which were the best line divisions in the Eighth Army. Without hesitation, he answered: the U.S. 1st Marine Division and the British 1st Commonwealth Division. In a valley north of Seoul during the dark days of December 1950, a British lieutenant colonel had just ordered a necessary counterattack during a withdrawal action. The officer (who was killed a few months later) was holding a mess tin with some scraps of food in it, and weeping as he watched his men fall. He turned to a U.S. correspondent beside him. "You'll forgive me for saying...

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