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TO THE LAST ROUND. THE EPIC BRITISH STAND ON THE IMJIN RIVER, CAREER 1951
Author: Salmon, A.

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Aurum Press 2009 Hardback 236mm x 154mm 352 pages 16pp b/w photos, 10 maps.

TO THE LAST ROUND.  THE EPIC BRITISH STAND ON THE IMJIN RIVER, CAREER 1951

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In 1950 the Cold War turned hot with the Communist invasion of South Korea. But by November when Britain's 29th Infantry Brigade landed in Korea it seemed that the war was all but over. United Nations forces - principally South Koreans and Americans - had decimated the invading North Koreans and were thrusting north towards the Chinese border. Then - catastrophe. China entered the war and panicked UN forces began a 250-mile retreat in sub-zero temperatures.By April 1951 the war hung in the balance. The Chinese had been halted by the UN forces which held a shaky front north of Seoul. On the Imjin River the critical hinge in the line was manned by the British brigade - consisting of one battalion each of the Gloster Regiment the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and the Royal Ulster Rifles - supported by a regiment of artillery the tanks of the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars and a crack battalion of Belgian volunteers.Then on the night of 22 April the largest communist offensive of the Korean War was unleashed. An entire Chinese army assaulted 29th Brigade's scattered strong-points.One by one the British units were swamped in the 'human waves' of attacking Chinese. For three days hand-to-hand combat raged. At one stage the artillery was firing point-blank over open sights. Against all odds 29th Brigade held but by the third morning it was cut off. The order was given to break out. In a death ride down a valley swarming with enemy the infantry and tanks battled south. But for one battalion it was too late. Surrounded on a smoking hilltop the Glosters fought until their ammunition was exhausted. Of 700 men less than 50 escaped the trap.The author has interviewed veterans of every unit engaged to produce an hour-by-hour account of the action as they experienced it in their foxholes. The story of the battle itself is preceded by a description of the actions of 29th Brigade in the horrific winter of 1950/51 and followed by first-hand accounts of the two-and-a half years British PoWs spent in grim prison camps in North Korea.Dramatic traumatic moving and inspirational this is the true story of the band of men who remained at their posts held an army and astonished the world.It is the story of the most desperate battle fought by British soldiers since World War II. In April 1951 outnumbered eight to one a British brigade faced an entire Chinese army. In three whirlwind nights of battle one regiment of artillery fired as many shells as were fired at EI Alamein. The 'Glorious Glosters' fought to the last round but when the smoke cleared the battalion had been wiped out. In the first book devoted exclusively to this now-legendary action the reader experiences the action through the eyes of the men who fought. This is their story.

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Author Salmon, A.
Publisher Aurum Press
ISBN 978-1845134082
Date of Publication 2009
Edition N/A
Binding Hardback
Book Size 236mm x 154mm
Number of pages 352
Images 16pp b/w photos, 10 maps
Language English Text
SKU MBN10472

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