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Killed in the process This is very misleading and the most valuable contribution "Of Spurr S Book "Spurr s book to put such caricatures to rest The Chinese intervention in Korea was well planned contribution of Spurr s book is to put such caricatures to rest The Chinese intervention in Korea was well planned methodical Lacking modern weapons and logistical support the PLA nonetheless was an organized force with high morale great elan and some excellent leaders Marshal Peng Dehuai had already made his mark in the Chinese civil war and thanks to interviews with some of his staff officers Spurr is able to provide a detailed picture of his leadership and initiative in Korea Badly euipped and lacking all modern amenities he and the Chinese leadership in general were still determined not to allow the Americans to conuer all of Korea They knew their own weaknesses and compensated for them by sing vast networks of coolies to carry supplies by Alter Ego using captured supplies by marching great distances on foot along mountain tracks to surprise the enemy and by attacking at night to nullify America s superior firepower and total domination of the air They studied their opposite leaders and were well aware of MacArthur s island hopping exploits in the second world war when the North Koreans failed to break into the Pusan pocket Chinese staff officers fully expected MacArthur to go for a bold amphibious landing the onlyestion was whereWhile they freuently had a cartoonish view of the GIs as niformly soft and easily scared their view of their American adversaries was much realistic than the cartoonish view the Americans had of the Chinese coolies In fact the Chinese do seem to have tried to signal that total destruction of North Korea would not be allowed and they hoped that the Americans would nderstand these signals Unfortunately the Americans and in particular MacArthur were not mentally ready to see the Chinese as a respectable power with its own interests somewhat Uncommon Wisdom understandable given recent Chinese history while the Chinese for all their material backwardness saw themselves as a great civilization and were determined to be respected as one The first phase of their counter attack in Korea was well planned brilliantly executed and led to the most humiliating retreat in US military history These were not meat grinder operations in which tens of thousands of Chinese died in human wave assaults they were a series of well executed attacks that completelynbalanced the US forces and induced such defeatism that the US not only retreated from its positions near the Chinese borders but did not even try to hold a line around Pyongyang something they could have done if they had been better ledUltimately General Matthew Ridgeway arrived to take charge of the demoralized American troops and reversed their losses retaking Seoul and fighting the Chinese to a standstill at the 38th parallel In this phase the Chinese did suffer horrendous casualties and North Korea was bombed into the stone age but by then Marshal Peng and his troops had made their point Chinese core interests as defined by the Chinese would be defended no matter what the costThe book is full of fascinating anecdotes but the one that will forever stay in my mind is of Colonel Wong passing through the frozen wastes of North Korea at the height of winter and being surprised by the site of dozens and then hundreds of snowmen scattered across the land ntil his North Korean driver
*Tells Him That These *him that these Chinese coolies and soldiers who froze to death in the arctic cold and have been covered by snow The other is his description of the last days of the great Marshal Peng Dehuai Marshal Peng a straight shooting peasant revolutionary made the fatal mistake of estioning Mao s actions during the Great Leap Forward For this he was removed from his posts arrested and then repeatedly beaten in the course of 130 brutal interrogations Art until he diednder torture after many years of imprisonmentThe other notable point in the book is that even when completely down and out and certainly as soon as they were even a little bit back on their feet the North Koreans deferred to no one Even though it was the Chinese who were doing almost all the fighting at that point the North Koreans insisted on maintaining appearances the Chinese as their guests the North Koreans as the primary actors in the war and today the gigantic Korean war museum in Pyongyang has only one picture showing Chinese volunteers crossing the Yalu everything else is KoreanSpurr has the war correspondents disdain for the senior brass of his own army and has a special dislike for MacArthur so he may be a little God Is in the Crowd unfair when it comes to the supreme commander but overall this is a fair and balanced book and one that fills a real gap in histories of the Korean war In a way Spurr was lucky he got into China to research this when the Chinese were repudiating the Cultural revolution and Maoism and his interlocutors were able to talk to him relatively freely That degree of openness may not be possible now It is possible that other researchers have dugp material that was not available to Spurr when he wrote this book in the 1980s but I am not aware of another English language book that presents the Chinese side in this manner Definitely worth reading Deep Not a scholarly history but still gave me insights into modern Chinese history I never had. Intervention through their first strike in October to the standstill at the end of January 1951Based on five years of research and over 20 fact finding trips to the People's Republic of China and Korea Enter the Dragon describes why China became involved in Korea and how its strategy evolved and re creates life on the front lines conference rooms and in the streets of the embattled citie. ,
A Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard uniue perspective on the Korean war this book examines it in detail from the Chinese side China really cannot be faulted for taking part in the Korean war They told warned and warned the UN to not go too far north in Korea but they were ignored The stories told in this book are incredibly detailed and really show the Korean war in a way few other authors have ever done A terrific edition to any serious Korean War library My Rating 5 starsThis review first appeared I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it presented these early years of the war from the Chinese perspective All in all this seemed to have been a war driven by hubris on all sides at varying times The North Koreans for starting the war and then being allowed by the Chinese to save face by acting like they pushed America back the Americans MacArthur for driving north to the Yalu and inciting the Chinese followed by the Chinese attempt to push the US and South Koreans out of Korea entirely once they felt they had an easy time of pushing the US south of the 38th parallel Tough tough war for the soldiers on all sides who bore the brunt of the miscalculations of the decision makers This account of the results of the entry of China into the Korean War is noteworthy in that it was based on Chinese sources including interview material As such it was a valuable addition to the literature when it appeared in 1988 Well written deeply engrossing account of the early period of the Korean War Spurr follows the action largely from the North Korean and Chinese side focusing on Chinese observers with the NK forces at the siege of the Pusan Perimeter and then following a Chinese special operationsnit the Sharp Swords from the Chinese entry into the war The Matriarchs (The Family until the Chinese advance camep against Matthew Ridgway s defensive lines There are powerful images here a Chinese observer at Pusan listening to his NK hosts discuss their plans and realising that the siege is going to fail Mao and his entourage on a visit to Moscow wondering if Stalin s honour guards are there to arrest them an ex KMT general lost in a blizzard finding a column of Chinese infantry frozen to death on the march the Chinese realising how vulnerable the American advance guard is as the US Army approaches the Yalu Ridgway s firepower coming down on the Chinese and on the Sharp Swords south of Seoul Spurr is a fine descriptive writer and he tells a vivid story based on interviews with the Chinese survivors Well done well worth reading This was an excellently written book Spurr is not a historian but rather a journalist having covered the Korean War on the ground as such the book is not written in an academic tone though Spurr did do his research The book is written primarily from the viewpoint of the Chinese who did the fighting against the American South Korean British and #Turkish forces He was able to get interviews with them by traveling to Taiwan where many had been expatriated # forces He was able to get interviews with them by traveling to Taiwan where many had been expatriated following the war Alluding to the victories later won by the UN forces led by the American General Matt Ridgeway As such the book reads almost like a novel as Spurr relies heavily on the accounts of the interviewed Chinese themselves to tell the tale though he does throw in his own analysis at timesCertainly the book opens the door to who is almost always the faceless mass of the Red foe in most Korean War history s Just mass of the Red foe in most Korean War history s Just this alone the book is worth the cost The Chinese were EXCELLENT soldiers with fantastic junior leadership great morale elan and the will to press their victories home to the fullest advantage Something the American forces pre Ridgeway were not willing to do Also the book sheds a little light on who should be considered one of the better commanders of the 20th century Peng Dehuai It was Peng who led the Chinese forces to victory over the UN forces in what still stands as the greatest defeat outside of the fall of the Philippines the US Army has ever suffered Someone else who comes off well in the narrative though only towards the end of the book is General Matt Ridgeway who was clearly able to whip the UN forces into shape and with the mantra of find them fix them fight them finish them was able to grind the Chinese Army down in a series of battles that retook Seoul for the last time and forced the war into a stalemate The book showcases just how much MacArthur failed as a commander by ignoring the intelligence that practically screamed that the Chinese really were coming Although to be fair Spurr alludes early on that he doesn t like MacArthur so this may color the narrative Also he showcases the near ineptness of the US forces outside of the Marines pre Ridgeway In one memorable scene US tanks are in support of a South Korean attack on a position that proves to be held by Chinese rather than North Korean forces near the Yalu River The US tankers panic at the slightest bit of fire and
Hold Back Separating Themselves From The South Korean Infantry Whenback separating themselves from the South Korean infantry When Chinese hammer the South Koreans and force them to retreat the US tankers panic thinking their nder attack and fire into the poor South Koreans Previously having fought bravely and well the South Koreans throw down their weapons and leave the fieldnot out of panic however but out of disgust at all the hell they ve been put through The ineptne. Reissued to coincide with the 60th anniversary of US involvement in the Korean War this gripping dramatic military classic re creates six pivotal months in the conflict told from both the Chinese and Allied sidesThe Korean War was years before Vietnam the first great East West military misadventure eventually engaging sixteen countries nder the UN flag in war against China and North Kore. .
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Ss of their own allies being the straw The North Koreans too come across mixed Although their military officers who fought at the are respected and at times able to impress their Chinese counterparts for the most part the Chinese are off put by the customs of their Korean Communist brethren and all but insulted by the actions of the Kim dynasty who downplay to the point of obscurity the Chinese contribution Ironic seeing as how after China s intervention the vast majority of Communist forces would be Chinese while the North Koreans would play at best a minor role in the war following the winter of 1950 At the end of the book Spurr relates a story of a visitor to the official North Korean museum of the war The displays for the North Koreans are vast while there is only one single small picture of Chinese troops crossing the Yalu over a bridge into North Korea When asked the guide merely replied Oh yes the Chinese helped some too Although you have to have read When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) up on the Korean War to put the story in its proper context and realize that it only tells the story of the initial Chinese intervention and not their whole part in the warthis is a very good book and opens one s eyes to the humanity of the other side of the hill during the Korean War Very recommended Written as a journalistic account than a scholarly work Russell Spur s book stands as an important backdrop to today s situation on the Korean Peninsula With the succession from Kim Jong il to his son Kim Jong eun an economy habitually tittering on the edge of near collapse and an impoverished oppressed population there is growing concern about the stability and longevity of the North Korean regime Would a collapse precipitate a Republic of Korea led intervention which would certainly reuire US participation and very likely pull in US military forces If the answer to thatestion is yes the next No Biggy! uestion is then what would North Korea s northern neighbor and patron China do Would they stand by and let a long standing socialist ally go by the wayside like what happen to the former Soviet Union s backed Warsaw Pact states giving a regional and global competitor the US direct assess to it northeastern border through its South Korean treaty partner If Beijing s response is counter intervention then Spurr s book still holds potential important lessons concerning Chinese will and means to project its growing power into the fray It should be noted that with the People s Liberation Army modernizing at an almost frenetic pace their capability to intervene is improving with each passing year Washington and the US military s command in Japan terribly misread the Chinese leadership s red lines in 1950 Lets only hope that we have a better nderstanding today and that our vision is not blinded but we are prepared to negotiate such a crisis with eyes wide open A good history of China s initial involvement in the warSpurr mostly focuses on the experiences of a few soldiers in a single Chinese division near the frontline first at the Yalu and then toward Seoul He does a great job covering the experience of China s advisers to the North Korean army in during the start of the war the politics behind Chinese intervention the reluctance behind China s decision to intervene
the chaos of battle the shoddy intelligence picture the hardships enduredchaos of battle the shoddy intelligence picture the hardships endured the courage displayed He is eually critical of MacArthur and Mao although he does doa great job describing how the Chinese were able to move so many men into Korea ndetected with such a poor transportation system in place Particularly vivid are the experience of Chinese officers seeing their men literally freeze to deathSome context would have helped There are also a few minor errors here and there Ridgway is called Deputy Chief of Staff for Eighth Army not the whole Army It s sometimes a little hard to keep track of Spurr s viewpoint vs that of the Chinese veterans he interviewed The pictures are often of poor Attracting Birds to Your Backyard uality Also Spurr includes a lot of dialogue in the book much of which seems like an imaginative recreationA fast paced well written work overall Russel Spurr was a British Australian journalist who spent most of his life reporting from East Asia 20 years in Hong Kong during which time he made many trips to China and Taiwan and interviewed multiple veterans of the Chinese intervention in Korea to write what was probably the first book covering the Korean war from the Chinese perspective published in 1988 The book Enter the Dragon China sndeclared war against the US in Korea 1950 51 provides a great introduction to the other side of the Korean conflict Writing in journalistic style he freely recreates conversations and scenes that obviously rely on accounts of survivors as well as his own imagination but that does not mean he has not done his research He knows his history and the bare facts are always accurate And whatever the book lacks in typical military history details it than makes Deep Listening up in the form of vivid anecdotes that really bring the war to lifeFar too many Western accounts of the war portray the Chinese as some kind ofndifferentiated mass of Reds who come across the mountains in human waves and overwhelm the Americans by sheer force of numbers getting tens of thousands of their own robot soldiers. A Enter the Dragon examines the Chinese side of the Korean War for the first time re creating and dramatizing Communist China's reluctant role in the ndeclared war against the US in Korea Russell Spurr's military classic is drawn from firsthand recollections of observers and participants on both sides and focuses on six pivotal months beginning in August 1950 when China first deliberated.