WAR IN ASIA: Cork & Bottle

WAR IN ASIA Cork & Bottle

Some 40 miles north of Seoul, the swift-flowing Imjin bangs its winter load of ice chunks against steep banks. Tucked into an S-curve of the river is a brown, double-crested ridge, much like the other nondescript brown lumps in the hill chain beyond. Between the two crests is a saddle, about 50 yards wide, not more than 300 yards long. One of the crests is called Little Nori; the other, 40 feet higher, Big Nori.

Six weeks ago, although well-dug-in Chinese Reds sat on top of Big Nori,...

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