Korean Atrocity!: Forgotten War Crimes, 1950-1953

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Recently declassified records on the Korean War have brought to light widespread and systemic war crimes committed by North Koreans and Chinese against troops serving under the United Nations command, according to this study. After examining over 1,600 cases, Philip Chinnery recounts his searing findings in this tragic three-part narrative. Part one covers the first year of the war, when most of the battlefield war crimes, death marches, and atrocities took place. The second part deals with the horrors prisoners ...
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Barnsley 2009 Hard Cover New/New 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall 1848841094 As there was no clear victor at the conclusion of the Korean War, no war crime trials were held. But, as this ... book reveals, there is evidence of at least 1, 600 atrocities and war crimes perpetrated against troops serving with the United Nations command in Korea. The bulk of the victims were Americans but many British servicemen were tortured, killed or simply went missing. Much of the carefully researched material in this book is horrific but the stark truth is that those North Koreans and Chinese responsible went unpunished for their shameful deeds. 'Korean Atrocity! ' examines the three phases of this little known but bitter conflict from the POWs' perspective-the first phase when the two warring factions fought themselves to a stalemate, next, the treatment of POWs in North Korea and China, and finally the repatriation/post active conflict period. During the third phase it was realized that a staggering 7956 Americans and 100 British se Read more Show Less

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Recently declassified records on the Korean War have brought to light widespread and systemic war crimes committed by North Koreans and Chinese against troops serving under the United Nations command, according to this study. After examining over 1,600 cases, Philip Chinnery recounts his searing findings in this tragic three-part narrative. Part one covers the first year of the war, when most of the battlefield war crimes, death marches, and atrocities took place. The second part deals with the horrors prisoners faced at the hands of their captors, including starvation, slave labor, and medical experimentation. Part three delves into the prisoners' repatriation at war's end and the disturbing evidence that some of the 7,956 American and 100 British serviceman considered missing in action may have been left behind at the close of the war. In one of many examples, he sites a formerly confidential U.S. Government document that discusses a B-29 crew's release by the Chinese two years after the war ended and how the crew was ordered to keep quiet about the prisoners still under communist control. Had there been a clear victor in Korea instead of a truce, the author believes that war crime trials would have followed.

About the Author:
Philip Chinnery is the author of several books on aviation and military history. He lives in Berkshire, England.

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Korean Atrocity!: Forgotten War Crimes 1950-1953 came about when Philip Chinnery, acting in his capacity of Historian for the National Ex-prisoners of War Association was conducting some research at the Public Records Office and came across newly de-classified files on the Korean War. He discovered these files contained investigations into 1,615 atrocities and war crimes perpetrated against troops serving with the United Nations command in Korea. 10,233 of these victims of war crimes by the North Koreans and the Communist Chinese were American. Much of the material is horrific and leave no doubt that had American pursued the conflict to a clear win instead of a truce there would have been an Asian style Nuremberg trial for many North Korean and Chinese soldiers and their superiors. Korean Atrocity! surveys a sampling of these war crimes as they occurred in the first part of the war when the opposing sides fought themselves to a standstill; the treatment of prisoners of war in North Korea and China; and the eventual repatriation of prisoners that left 100 British servicemen and 7,956 American military personnel unaccounted for. The role of the American government regarding these missing men is, itself, a part of the scandal kept from the American public to this very day. Korean Atrocity! is very highly recommended reading for military buffs in general, and students of American military involvement in the Korean War in particular.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781848841093
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Korean Dunkirk?
2 North to the Yalu
3 The Chinese Will Not Enter the War
4 Against All Odds
5 Stemming the Tide
6 Life in the Camps
7 Stalemate
8 Hope at Last
9 The Forgotten Souls
App. 1 British Prisoners of War - Totals
App. 2 Prisoners of War Exchanged during Operations 'Little Switch' and 'Big Switch'
App. 3 British Army Personnel Killed or Presumed to have Died with no Recorded Burial Location
App. 4 Declassified Reports and Correspondence
Bibliography
Index
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