Battle for a Beachhead

The Korean war was reaching a decisive stage. For six weeks outgunned and outnumbered U.S. and South Korean troops had fought a heroic but heartbreaking delaying action against the Communists—trading space for time, in the phrase of the military experts. After the landing of reinforcements, including the 1st U.S. Marines, the U.S. was now in a position to make a solid stand around the vital supply port of Pusan. If the Communists did not manage to strike a decisive blow this week, their chances of driving the U.S. into the sea would be virtually gone.

The Communists surely knew it....

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