BATTLE OF KOREA: Throwing the Book

The Chinese advanced through U.S. minefields as if the mines were not there. On one sector, said a U.S. colonel, Red soldiers, blowing themselves up so that others might follow, "set off mines so. fast that it sounded like artillery." Dead and dying Chinese festooned the U.S. wire. Watching the Chinese advance to agony and death, marveling G.I.s told each other that they must be doped. (But among many hundreds of prisoners, U.S. medical officers have not yet found a single enemy soldier who was under drugs.)

The U.S. and its allies threw the book at the attacking enemy—the...

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