The enemy's collapse came with avalanche swiftness.

On Tuesday his resistance still seemed determined. The high command in Tokyo announced the capture of Seoul, but within the battered capital fierce street battles raged. Along the southern perimeter, the North Korean withdrawal from the Naktong went stubbornly.

On Wednesday the avalanche began to roll. Late the night before a motorized column of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division, barreling up from the south, had joined hands with the X Corps pushing down from the Inchon beachhead. "Complete breakthrough," reported Tokyo. On Thursday the enemy's...

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