Foreign News: Report on Korea

Many—perhaps a majority—of Britons expected Field Marshal Earl Alexander's fact-finding tour of Korea to become a fault-finding tour. They could not have been more wrong.

As Minister of Defense, Alexander had been dispatched by a Britain concerned about what it considered U.S. intransigence at Panmunjom, its ineptitude at Koje, and its indifference to the lawlessness of Syngman Rhee. After inspecting the battlefield and talking to U.S. officers, Alexander gave an entirely different military estimate: "Very well organized, well prepared, very satisfactory."

Visiting Koje Island, he found that Brigadier General "Bull" Boatner had done...

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