BATTLE OF KOREA: Alarums & Excursions

The hotting-up along the battlefront began casually enough. Concerned by a Communist buildup in forward areas, including much artillery, the Eighth Army stepped up its patrolling and redoubled its efforts to capture enemy prisoners for interrogation. In the west near Chorwon, elements of the U.S. 45th Division attacked and seized a T-shaped hill mass from where they could almost look down the enemy throats.

The Chinese counterattacked, behind heavy artillery and mortar barrages, and at one stage of the battle the Americans were clinging to a southern knob of the T while...

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