STRATEGY: One Year of War

For the U.N. soldier in the front line, waiting last week for another Chinese push —or perhaps for peace, he was not sure—the war in Korea was still a grim and dirty business, and his chief concerns were those of all soldiers: to stay alive, to fight as best he could, to get home as soon as he could. To strategists, after one year of fighting in Korea, the story of the "dirty little war" had already become a closely studied textbook.

Phase One began when the North Korean army crossed the 38th parallel and bowled down the center of...

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