War: Late Entry

Early in the Korean war U.S. planners had been haunted by the possibility that Communist China might go to the aid of North Korea. But after U.N. armies broke out of the Pusan perimeter and turned the North Korean retreat into a rout, the planners breathed more easily. China's chance to strike a decisive blow in the Korean war had passed.

Last week R.O.K. officers in northwest Korea began to present the planners with disturbing news. Thirty-year-old Major General Yu Jae Hung, commander of the R.O.K. II Corps, became convinced that Communist counterattacks which had chopped up his overextended divisions had...