International: How It Was

On the night of April 4, a company-sized (120 men) patrol from the U.S. 45th Division ran into three platoons of Chinese. Both patrols had the same purpose: to snatch an enemy soldier or two for the intelligence officers to question. The ensuing skirmish was typical of dozens during the so-called "lull," which has cost the U.S. 200 to 250 casualties a week. The Eighth Army's Communique No. 938 reported it this way: "A U.N. patrol operating west of Chorwon engaged three enemy platoons at 2215 (10:15 p.m.), directed artillery and mortar fire on the enemy, and was ordered to disengage...

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