BATTLE OF KOREA: Action at Kumsong Salient

Just when a truce seemed near, the Communists rekindled the fighting war with unexpected vigor. In a driving rain one night, Chinese Communist bugles shrilled, signal flares blossomed under the low clouds. Then, on the mountainous central front. 17,000 Chinese Reds hit the crack ROK Capitol Division and three other South Korean outfits in the heaviest enemy attack in two years.

There were 26 assaults on an 18-mile sector, along that part of the front that bulged north through the old Iron Triangle and passed just below Kumsong. Under overwhelming force, the ROKs wavered and broke. Some went back as...

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