War: We Are There to Stay

The main body of U.S. troops in Korea continued to fall back along the railroad leading to Pusan, from which they hoped eventually to launch a counteroffensive. This kind of delaying retreat in the face of much larger forces is one of the most difficult operations known, and one of the hardest on morale. Yet, U.S. forces, notably unaccustomed to such tactics, had handled themselves superbly. In a month of bitter fighting, they had gradually slowed up the North Korean offensive in the center of the peninsula (see map).

The obvious intent of the...

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