BATTLE OF KOREA: Screening the Buildup

The pattern of war in Korea last week: small-scale skirmishing, punctuated by a few violent flurries where larger units met. Screening their buildup for a new offensive, the Chinese and North Koreans slowed down the cautiously probing Eighth Army to a snail's pace or stopped it altogether.

The allies ran into cleverly-laid minefields covered by accurate mortar fire, tank traps dug across the roads, determined counterattacks. Thousands of Chinese filtered back into the top of the lost "iron triangle" which they had left two weeks before. There were bloody clashes. One piece of high ground there changed hands five times...

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