From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General [NOOK Book]

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Brassey's presents the candid and revealing wartime memoir of the twenty-nine year-old man who became South Korea's first four-star general. With photographs and a foreword by the commanders of U.S. forces in the war, Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway and Gen. James A. Van Fleet, FROM PUSAN TO PANMUNJON brings an unprecedented perspective to a cataclysmic war.
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From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General

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Overview

Brassey's presents the candid and revealing wartime memoir of the twenty-nine year-old man who became South Korea's first four-star general. With photographs and a foreword by the commanders of U.S. forces in the war, Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway and Gen. James A. Van Fleet, FROM PUSAN TO PANMUNJON brings an unprecedented perspective to a cataclysmic war.
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Paper edition reprint of a 1992 work (Macmillan). The cover and title page show the spelling of the author's name as Paik Sun Yup; Library of Congress shows Son-yop Paek. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597974837
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 515,364
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Paik Sun Yup served as army chief of staff and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the ambassador to France, and the minister of transportation after the war. He lives in Seoul, South Korea.
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Table of Contents


Maps     viii
Foreword   Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway   Gen. James A. Van Fleet     x
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Abbreviations     xvi
The Long, Long Summer     1
Kaesong Has Fallen     1
The Munsan Defense Line Crumbles     8
Across the Han by Raft     15
Retreat to the Naktong: 200 Miles of Hell     23
Delaying Actions     23
No Place to Run     28
Bloody Fighting at the Naktong     34
Reversing the Tide of War     46
We Lead the Way North     55
Back the Way We Came     55
Attacking Pyongyang "Patton's Way"     61
The Greatest Day of My Life     68
Pyongyang Is Free     74
The Chinese Trap     82
Our Last Hours in Unsan: The Bloody Autumn Night     90
Pashed Hopes     98
Rest and Recuperation     98
The Christmas Offensive: Blind March to Disaster     103
The Wretched Withdrawal of January 4, 1951     110
Seesaw Battles on the Central Front     119
Back to the 38th Parallel     128
Spring Breezes Blow onthe Han River     128
War Rations, Courtesy of General MacArthur     133
Departing the 1st Division     134
Withdraw or Fight to the Death     141
The Collapse of III Corps     147
Concentrated Training for the ROK Army     157
What Will We Lose and What Will We Gain?     164
Representing Korea at Armistice Talks No Korean Wants     164
The Truce Talks Falter     172
Return to the Front     175
Task Force Paik Hammers Guerrillas     179
Quiet Returns to the Chiri     186
Organizing II Corps: Symbol of the New Army     194
The Road to Four Stars and Army Chief of Staff     201
A New Honor     201
Solving Ration Problems and Stacks of Other Issues     208
Korea's First Four-Star General     214
The War Enters a New Phase     221
Releasing Anticommunist POWs, Startling the World     228
Clutching for the High Ground     234
The War Ends at Last     244
Did the War Make Unification More Remote?     244
Chief of Staff Again     249
Epilogue     253
Index     255
The Author     271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    The Korean Fight For Freedom

    With the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, there's been a renewed interest in this Cold War struggle. There are many books, new and reprinted, on the shelves at the bookstores. But all of these books continue, for the most part, to ignore the Korean contributions in war. While it is understandable that most attention in the US should focus on the American experience, it is ludicrous that the contributions of the Korean people to their own defense are so utterly, and completely dismissed. Even the very small contributions of the lesser UN allies receive more attention than the valiant struggle of the South Korean (ROK) Army in the usual books on the Korean War. But, no one can truly understand the Korean War without understanding the vital role of the ROK Army. This is the first significant account of the ROK Army's fighting in the war, as told by the most prestigious Korean general. The ROK Army was extremely poor in equipment and in training, but strong in spirit. Of course they paled in comparison to the US Army, but the Korean Army had very little in the way of firepower, training, or support at that time. For this reason, the Communist forces directed most of their massive offensives against areas controlled by ROK divisions. ROK units defended up to 2/3 of the front line, and were involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the war. Under the circumstances, they performed admirably. For the first time in English, the immense contribution of the Korean people to their own fight for freedom is documented by this leading Korean general. It is well-written (well-translated) and fascinating to read. It is also an honest account, in which he readily admits the shortcomings and failings of the ROK Army. Despite these shortcomings, or perhaps because of them, it is an inspiring account of the struggle by Koreans for their own freedom.

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