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

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

by Paik Sun Yup

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From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea's First Four-Star General by Paik Sun Yup

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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ISBN-13: 9781597974837
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/1999
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 MB
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About 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.

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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