War: Rearguard & Holding

"Fluid" was getting to be one of the most hateful words of the Korean war. Whenever the thin U.S. forces found their lines breached and themselves forced to fall back, a headquarters spokesman, either in the battle zone or in Tokyo, was almost sure to tell correspondents that the situation was "fluid."

The week began, deceptively enough, with the first solid U.S. counterattack of the war, launched with the first Sherman tanks committed to battle. In the sector south of fallen Chonan, the Reds, who had not expected U.S. tanks in action against them, were caught off balance. Lieut. Joe Griffith of...

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