Chosin Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War ChosinHeroic Ordeal of the Korean WarEric HammelTold from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks outposts and command posts this is the definitive account of the epic retreat under f

  • Title: Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War
  • Author: Eric Hammel
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  • ChosinHeroic Ordeal of the Korean WarEric HammelTold from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks, outposts and command posts, this is the definitive account of the epic retreat under fire of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir.The author first sketches in the errors and miscalculations on the part of the American high command that caused the MChosinHeroic Ordeal of the Korean WarEric HammelTold from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks, outposts and command posts, this is the definitive account of the epic retreat under fire of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir.The author first sketches in the errors and miscalculations on the part of the American high command that caused the Marines to be strung out at the end of a narrow road scores of miles from the sea He then plunges right into the action the massing of Chinese forces in about ten to one strength the Marines command problems due to the climate and terrain and high level over confidence and the onset of the overwhelming Chinese assault.With a wealth of tactical detail and small unit action Chosin Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War is the most complete book written to date on this iconic battle Author Eric Hammel s masterful account offers invaluable perspective on war at the gut level.Praise for Chosin Hammel s book is full of accounts of the stuff that legends are made from It is a cliffhanger of a story, and he tells it master fully Readers should be warned Just as in the campaign itself, where there was no rear echelon and everyone was a combatant, so too, if you go into Yudam ni with the Marines you had better be prepared to be with them all the way on to Hungnam and freedom Sea Power Magazine This is a view over the foxhole s rim It concentrates on the superlative effort, suffering and courage of the young enlisted Marines, sailors and soldiers who glared at the quilted uniformed enemy and refused to be stared down a factual, revealing and penetrating look at war at its worst and men at their best The San Diego Union The author s weaving of men, crises, and numbing cold leaves the reader in awe of this feat of arms in which soldiers and Marines fought an epic struggle to survive Hammel s book is highly recommended Infantry Magazine Involves the reader emotionally in a kaleidoscope of different, individual perceptions from officers in their headquarters to riflemen shivering in the foxholes to the small unit actions that, in their totality, shaped the ultimate course of the battle Military History Magazine

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    1. Eric Hammel says:

      I was born in 1946, in Salem, Massachusetts, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania I graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia in January 1964 and earned a degree in Journalism from Temple University in 1972.My road to writing military history began at age 12, when I was stuck in bed for a week with a childhood illness My father bought me the first paperback book I ever owned, Walter Lord s Day of Infamy As I devoured the book, I realized that I wanted to write books exactly like it what we now call popular narrative history Lord had pieced together the book from official records illuminated with the recollections of people who were there.I began to write my first military history book when I was 15 It eventually turned out to be Guadalcanal Starvation Island I completed the first draft before I graduated from high school During my first year of college, I wrote the first draft of Munda Trail, and I got started on 76 Hours when I was a college junior Then I got married and went to work, which left me no time to pursue my writing except as a journalism student I quit school at the end of my junior year and went to work in advertising in 1970 I completed my journalism degree in 1972, moved to California in 1975, and finally got back to writing while I operated my own one man ad agency and started on a family.76 Hours was published in 1980, and Chosin followed in 1982 At the end of 1983 I was offered enough of an advance to write The Root The Marines in Beirut to take up writing books full time The rest, as they say, is history I eventually published under my own imprint, Pacifica Press, which morphed into Pacifica Military History.At some point in the late 1990s, I realized I had not written in five years, so I pretty much closed down the publishing operation, and pieced together a string of pictorial combat histories for Zenith Press I retired in 2008 and took up writing as a full time hobby And here we are Now I am publishing several new narratives under the Pacifica Military History imprint, reprinting all of my older books as print on demand trade paperbacks, and also converting my body of older works to digital format for sale under s Kindle program and other e book programs I also publish ebook editions of other people s new military history and military fiction at PacificaMilitary



    2 thoughts on “Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War

    1. Hammel is noted for his exhaustive research and epic narratives of important battles. Never since Xenophon and the 10,000 marched out of Persia has a band of men faced more staggering odds, in the grip of a brutal Mother Nature, with only their collective will to live as the thread which kept them together.One reinforced Marine division of 20,000 men face 15 times the number of Chinese troops. The Chinese, without declaring war, unexpectedly emerge from the first blinding blizzard of the year. T [...]

    2. Few Military Historians can write a tactical combat narrative as well as Eric Hammel. In his book Chosin he gives you a foxhole-eye view of one of the pivotal battles of the Korean War, in which approx. 30,000 coalition troops (comprised mainly of U.S. Marine and Army units) were surrounded by roughly 150,000 Chinese troops and managed to break out and survive. Hammel's writing has a visceral quality takes you right down to the foxhole level, you'll feel the anticipation as U.S. forces brace to [...]

    3. My late father-in-law lived through this and saved many lives. Reading this book made me respect his positive outlook even more. I miss him.

    4. Well researched and written. Looks at the "attack in a different direction" from the perspective of the Marines and soldiers on the ground at the tip of the spear. Interviewing over 500 participates in the process of writing this book, the author is able to make the story personal at several different levels of the organizations involved; from privates up to regimental and division commanders and their staffs. The only thing missing from this tome is the true feeling you have when the mercury re [...]

    5. I wanted to read this book because my father was one of the "Frozen Chosin." I didn't know much about the war, and I soon found this wasn't the place to start. I just couldn't finish this book. It is written like a documentary, jumping from one area, one company to another. I repeatedly pulled up maps (which aren't included with this book) just to try to figure what the author was talking about. The book presumes that you already have a solid background knowledge about the war, the terrain and t [...]

    6. Another book that I didn't finish that I'm pretending I did. My Grandpa was at Chosin so I read to try to understand what it was like. However the book was written in a way that was very "Platoon 5 was on hill 1123 and flanked by company b". Probably great if you read military history often, but kept me from grasping what was going on. That said, I watched a documentary on it instead and was happy to have the grounding the book gave me while watching.

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