By Stanley Weintraub
The day after Thanksgiving, 5 months into the Korean warfare, basic Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions within the north and grandly introduced an end-the-war-by-Christmas offensive, regardless of fresh proof of intervention through Mao's chinese language troops. Marching north in plunging temperatures, basic Edward Almond's X Corps, which integrated a Marine department lower than the capable management of basic Oliver Smith, encountered little resistance. yet millions of chinese language, who had infiltrated around the frozen Yalu River, have been mendacity in wait and might quickly seize tens of hundreds of thousands people troops.
Led by means of the Marines, an crushed X Corps evacuated the frigid, mountainous Chosin Reservoir vastness and fought a swarming enemy and treacherous snow and ice to arrive the coast. climate, terrain, chinese language firepower, and a 4,000-foot chasm made break out appear most unlikely within the face of a vanishing Christmas. yet persistence and sacrifice prevailed, and the final troopships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve.
In the culture of his Silent Night and Pearl Harbor Christmas, Stanley Weintraub offers one other gripping narrative of a wartime Christmas season.
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Victory meant pursuing alleged North Korean remnants to the Yalu, west to east. Ten days before Thanksgiving, MacArthur had explained to William Sebald, the State Department’s representative in Japan, that it was crucial to reach the frontier before the river froze over, as the Chinese might then be tempted to cross, massively, on the ice. Visiting Tokyo from Seoul, John Muccio, the dapper American ambassador to South Korea, shared his worries with the general that the Chinese may not have been merely blustering about intervention.
Upbeat despite the worsening winter conditions his troops faced, Almond replied that he could best help EUSAK by continuing north beyond the reservoir highlands to the Manchurian border, after which his divisions could turn west to support “Johnnie” Walker. Although Almond emphasized the drawbacks of the stark wintry terrain, MacArthur, encouraged that the Chinese could not be located by reconnaissance flights, urged a quick close to the war, before arctic weather would handicap both sides. Lieutenant Colonel John H.
It was more politic than to contest the Dai Ichi. The “limb” was real. To the north, under cover of the long pre-winter night, the Chinese 20th, 26th and 27 th Armies, with 150,000 men, continued crossing the iced-over Yalu. Unseen, they deployed in the Chosin Reservoir highlands while thousands of Chinese service personnel moved supplies on foot southward and also, in near darkness, repaired roads, highways and bridges. They exploited intelligence from village informants and from their own advance men, supplemented by press and radio reports picked up from American correspondents, often complete to identification of units and soldiers.