Shadow Warriors: The Covert War in Koreaby William B. Breuer
Shadow Warriors The Covert War in Korea Behind the open combat waged during the Korean War another ferocious conflict raged: an invisible war fought with secret missions, guerrilla operations, and endless propaganda. The political stakes were highas were the risks assumed by those involved. Now, for the first time, the extraordinary story of the underground… See more details below
Shadow Warriors The Covert War in Korea Behind the open combat waged during the Korean War another ferocious conflict raged: an invisible war fought with secret missions, guerrilla operations, and endless propaganda. The political stakes were highas were the risks assumed by those involved. Now, for the first time, the extraordinary story of the underground intrigues, strategies, and alliances of the Korean War is told in full. Drawing on interviews with actual participants, this action-packed account reveals surprising new information about the war’s covert maneuvers, including a fascinating and detailed examination of the super-secret Joint Services Operation (JSO), the organization that directed all U.S. intelligence and counterintelligence agencies. From Washington to Moscow, Peking to Pyongyang, this riveting, behind-the-scenes look at the events, decisions, and personality clashes in the United Nations and Communist high commands is military history at its most dramatic. Such legendary figures as Truman, MacArthur, Marshall, and Stalin share the stage with adventurous soldiers, sailors, and government operatives. And caught in the middle of the superpower struggle are thousands of Korean civilians. Many would take flight as refugees, while many would find ready employment as spies for either sideor both. With his characteristic flair for dynamic storytelling and detail, William Breuer once again proves himself a master military historian. In Shadow Warriors, the acclaimed author is in top form, training his veteran’s eye on a vivid and previously unexploredchapter from our not-too-distant past.
When well-equipped, Soviet trained North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel on June 15, 1950, in what Breuer calls a "second Pearl Harbor," the overmatched South Korean defenders were quickly driven into a small pocket in southeastern Korea called the Pusan Peninsula. There they held fast, with the emergency support of newly arrived (but inexperienced) American troops. The covert war began almost immediately. General Douglas MacArthur's special warfare unit spread disinformation before his surprise landing at Inchon in the enemy rear. Army and CIA units trained many South Koreans and sent them North to spy and to carry out guerrilla operations, often with great success. Yet the North Koreans and their Chinese allies had their covert victories, too. Communist forces often seemed to know when and where the UN forces would attack. Breuer tracks these leaks back to the highly placed British traitors Philby, Burgess, and MacLean, who sent copies of US plans to Moscow. And the Communist propaganda machine lied so effectively about American "atrocities" that some countries demanded investigations, while, Breuer reveals, the Communist military tortured and killed POWs (including Americans) and civilians. While China and the Soviet Union were officially neutral in the war's early days, Breuer finds that Chinese and Soviet soldiers and airmen (with their equipment and supplies) were covertly available to the North Koreans, as they were later to the Communists in North Vietnam.
Built on personal interviews and sound secondary research, Breuer's account should please both students of modern military history and espionage enthusiasts.
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Meet the Author
WILLIAM B. BREUER is one of today's most popular military historians and the author of twenty-three books, including Feuding Allies, The Great Raid on Cabanatuan, and MacArthur's Undercover War.
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