International: Hands Up

Brigadier General Haydon Lemaire ("Bull") Boatner was ready for his big test on Koje Island. He intended to break up the big compounds, and he decided to start with the 6,000 hard-core North Koreans in Compound 76—the gang that engineered the abduction of Brigadier General (now Colonel) Francis T. Dodd. To impress 76's inmates, he staged a rehearsal with tanks and flamethrowers in an empty compound next to theirs. The prisoners answered by digging chest-deep trenches and continuing to turn out steel-tipped spears and other crude weapons on their hidden forge.

This week Boatner sent a message to 76's tough leader, North...

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