Fight, Dig and Live: The Story of the Royal Engineers in the Korean War

Fight, Dig and Live: The Story of the Royal Engineers in the Korean War

by George Cooper

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473886636
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

General Sir George Cooper GCB MC DL was commissioned into the Royal Engineers and served as a Troop Commander in Korea (where he was awarded the Military Cross). His career culminated as Adjutant General (the second most senior Army appointment). He has been Colonel Commandant Royal Engineers and Chief Royal Engineer.

He is co-author of an acclaimed anthology The Bengal Sappers (2003).

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Acknowledgements x

Foreword xi

Prologue The Background to Conflict 1

Chapter 1 Early Days 7

Chapter 2 55 Field Squadron goes to Korea 12

Chapter 3 The Imjin Battle, 22-25 April 1951 36

Chapter 4 Consolidation 47

Chapter 5 Advance over the Imjin 58

Chapter 6 Life in the Line 66

Chapter 7 Operation Dragon 73

Chapter 8 Roads Again 75

Chapter 9 Spring Returns 77

Chapter 10 The Hook 86

Chapter 11 On a Lighter Note 92

Chapter 12 The Final Months 115

Chapter 13 Night Life in Korea 141

Chapter 14 The Cruellest Months 149

Chapter 15 Routine 156

Chapter 16 The Dukes' Battle 162

Chapter 17 Rip Van Winkle 169

Chapter 18 A Fragile Peace 177

Chapter 19 The Immediate Aftermath 183

Chapter 20 Dejà Vu 197

Epilogue: The Last Post 195

Annex 199

Bibliography 202

Index 204

Maps

1 Korea, 1950 vii

2 Battle of the Imjin, 1951 37

3 The Hook, that deadliest of hills 136

4 The Hook - Rip Van Winkle 171

5 Area of Operation 1st Commonwealth Division, October 1951 to July 1953 showing principal roads and tracks built and maintained by Divisional Engineers 182

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