In the clear weather that followed the first thaws, U.N. armies last week took the offensive again. This time, instead of holding their line south of the Han River, they crossed it. After a 50,000-round artillery preparation, 25th Division infantrymen slammed across the river at two points 15 miles east of Seoul. Taking the Reds by surprise, the 25th overran its first day's objectives in a few hours. Early this week the expanding bridgehead threatened to cut enemy communication lines between Seoul and the Chinese behind-lines supply base at Chunchon.

In the center of the line, U.S. Marines, ist Cavalrymen and...

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