STRATEGY: The Strange War

The first phase of the great Chinese spring offensive — South Korea's third Red invasion — was over, and it was a failure. The Chinese had failed to inflict serious damage on the U.N. forces, had not come anywhere near their stated objective of driving the allies into the sea.

Chinese strategy was the same as before: to pour in masses of manpower. U.N. strategy was to retreat in orderly fashion, stand and fight at favorable spots, and inflict maximum casualties on the enemy through superior air and fire power. That strategy gave the U.N. forces no hope of winning...

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