Sunday night, under the light of a hazy full moon, the Communist enemy launched his big try for victory in Korea. For him, victory meant knocking the U.N. eagle, that had been gnawing at his manpower vitals, entirely off the South Korean perch. If he could accomplish that, hundreds of thousands of lives and mountains of equipment and supplies would be, in his view, well spent.

The Reds attacked in the area of the Hwachon Reservoir dam (taken by U.S. troops without a fight last week before the Red drive began) and at other points farther west. On a 15-mile...

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