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Enter the Dragon China's Undeclared War Against the US in Korea 1950 51 Read ↠ 2 Ø ❮Epub❯ ➟ Enter the Dragon China's Undeclared War Against the US in Korea 1950 51 ➞ Author Russell Spurr – Gym-apparel.co.uk Reissued to coincide with the 60th anniversary of US involvEa Enter the Dragon Enter the ePUB #10003 examines the Chinese side of the Korean War for the first time re creating and dramatizing Communist China's reluctant role in the undeclared war against the US in Korea Russell Spurr's military classic is drawn from firsthand recollections of observers and participants on both sides and focuses on six pivotal months beginning in August when China first deliberated int. This was an excellently written book Spurr is not a historian but rather a journalist having covered the Korean War on the ground; as such the book is not written in an academic tone though Spurr did do his research The book is written primarily from the viewpoint of the Chinese who did the fighting against the American South Korean British and Turkish forces He was able to get interviews with them by traveling to Taiwan where many had been expatriated to following the war Alluding to the victories later won by the UN forces led by the American General Matt Ridgeway As such the book reads almost like a novel as Spurr relies heavily on the accounts of the interviewed Chinese themselves to tell the tale though he does throw in his own analysis at timesCertainly the book opens the door to who is almost always the faceless mass of the 'Red' foe in most Korean War history's Just for this alone the book is worth the cost The Chinese were EXCELLENT soldiers with fantastic junior leadership great morale elan and the will to press their victories home to the fullest advantage Something the American forces pre Ridgeway were not willing to do Also the book sheds a little light on who should be considered one of the better commanders of the 20th century Peng Dehuai It was Peng who led the Chinese forces to victory over the UN forces in what still stands as the greatest defeat outside of the fall of the Philippines the US Army has ever suffered Someone else who comes off well in the narrative though only towards the end of the book is General Matt Ridgeway who was clearly able to whip the UN forces into shape and with the mantra of 'find them fix them fight them finish them' was able to grind the Chinese Army down in a series of battles that retook Seoul for the last time and forced the war into a stalemate The book showcases just how much MacArthur failed as a commander by ignoring the intelligence that practically screamed that the Chinese really were coming Although to be fair Spurr alludes early on that he doesn't like MacArthur so this may color the narrative Also he showcases the near ineptness of the US forces outside of the Marines pre Ridgeway In one memorable scene US tanks are in support of a South Korean attack on a position that proves to be held by Chinese rather than North Korean forces near the Yalu River The US tankers panic at the slightest bit of fire and hold back separating themselves from the South Korean infantry When the Chinese hammer the South Koreans and force them to retreat the US tankers panic thinking their under attack and fire into the poor South Koreans Previously having fought bravely and well the South Koreans throw down their weapons and leave the fieldnot out of panic however but out of disgust at all the hell they've been put through The ineptness of their own allies being the final straw The North Koreans too come across mixed Although their military officers who fought at the front are respected and at times able to impress their Chinese counterparts for the most part the Chinese are off put by the customs of their Korean Communist brethren and all but insulted by the actions of the Kim dynasty who downplay to the point of obscurity the Chinese contribution Ironic seeing as how after China's intervention the vast majority of Communist forces would be Chinese while the North Koreans would play at best a minor role in the war following the winter of 1950 At the end of the book Spurr relates a story of a visitor to the official North Korean museum of the war The displays for the North Koreans are vast while there is only one single small picture of Chinese troops crossing the Yalu over a bridge into North Korea When asked the guide merely replied 'Oh yes the Chinese helped some too'Although you have to have read up on the Korean War to put the story in its proper context and realize that it only tells the story of the initial Chinese intervention and not their whole part in the warthis is a very good book and opens one's eyes to the humanity of the other side of the hill during the Korean War Very recommended

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Reissued to coincide with the Dragon China's Epub #226 th anniversary of US involvement in the Korean War this gripping dramatic military classic re creates six pivotal months in the conflict told from both the Chinese and Allied sidesThe Korean War was years before Vietnam the first great East West military misadventure eventually engaging sixteen countries under the UN flag in war against China and North Kor. Well written deeply engrossing account of the early period of the Korean War Spurr follows the action largely from the North Korean and Chinese side focusing on Chinese observers with the NK forces at the siege of the Pusan Perimeter and then following a Chinese special operations unit the Sharp Swords from the Chinese entry into the war until the Chinese advance came up against Matthew Ridgway's defensive lines There are powerful images here a Chinese observer at Pusan listening to his NK hosts discuss their plans and realising that the siege is going to fail; Mao and his entourage on a visit to Moscow wondering if Stalin's honour guards are there to arrest them; an ex KMT general lost in a blizzard finding a column of Chinese infantry frozen to death on the march; the Chinese realising how vulnerable the American advance guard is as the US Army approaches the Yalu; Ridgway's firepower coming down on the Chinese and on the Sharp Swords south of Seoul Spurr is a fine descriptive writer and he tells a vivid story based on interviews with the Chinese survivors Well done well worth reading

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Enter the Dragon China's Undeclared War Against the US in Korea 1950 51Ervention through their first strike in October to the Dragon China's PDFEPUB #189 the standstill at the end of January Based on five years of research and over fact finding trips to the People's Republic of China and Korea Enter the Dragon describes why China became involved in Korea and how its strategy evolved and re creates life on the front lines conference rooms and in the streets of the embattled cities. Written as a journalistic account than a scholarly work Russell Spur’s book stands as an important backdrop to today’s situation on the Korean Peninsula With the succession from Kim Jong il to his son Kim Jong eun an economy habitually tittering on the edge of near collapse and an impoverished oppressed population there is growing concern about the stability and longevity of the North Korean regime Would a collapse precipitate a Republic of Korea led intervention which would certainly reuire US participation and very likely pull in US military forces If the answer to that uestion is yes the next uestion is then – what would North Korea’s northern neighbor and patron China do Would they stand by and let a long standing socialist ally go by the wayside like what happen to the former Soviet Union’s backed Warsaw Pact states giving a regional and global competitor the US direct assess to it northeastern border through its South Korean treaty partner If Beijing’s response is counter intervention then Spurr’s book still holds potential important lessons concerning Chinese will and means to project its growing power into the fray It should be noted that with the People’s Liberation Army modernizing at an almost frenetic pace their capability to intervene is improving with each passing year Washington and the US military’s command in Japan terribly misread the Chinese leadership’s red lines in 1950 Let us only hope that we have a better understanding today and that our vision is not blinded but we are prepared to negotiate such a crisis with eyes wide open