Military Histories

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Check out these military histories about the battles near the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War or a few regimental histories from other wars.

Korean War, Chosin Reservoir | Regimental histories | Books by Tom Clavin

Korean War, Chosin Reservoir

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
By Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
This work offers a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the survivors of the deadly Korean War battle known as Fox Hill.

Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950
By Martin Russ
Breakout is the riveting saga of one of the most heroic campaigns in American military history, masterfully told by the author of The Last Parallel. It is the gripping story of the 1950 campaign of American Marines as they faced sudden death in the Korean hills.

Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
By Joseph R. Owen
During the early, uncertain days of the Korean War, World War II veteran and platoon leader Lieutenant Joe Owen saw firsthand how the hastily assembled mix of some two hundred regulars and raw reservists hardened into a superb Marine rifle company known as Baker-One-Seven. As comrades fell wounded and dead around them on the frozen slopes above Korea's infamous Chosin Reservoir, Baker-One-Seven's Marines triumphed against the relentless human-wave assaults and took part in the breakout that destroyed six to eight divisions of Chinese regulars.

East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950
By Roy E. Appleman
In November of 1950, U.S. forces had pushed deep into North Korea. Unknown to them, Chinese troops well equipped for below-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions were pushing south. With the 1st Marine Division on the west side of the frozen Chosin reservoir, the army's hastily assembled 31st Regimental Combat Team, 3,000 strong, advanced up the east side of the reservoir. Task Force Faith in the extreme northern position caught the surprise Chinese attack. With rifles and vehicles often immobilized in the cold and snow, the task force struggled to retreat through a tortuous mountain gauntlet of enemy fire. With truckloads of dead and wounded trapped along on the road, a few of the 385 survivors trudged across the frozen reservoir to alert the marines to their plight.

Regimental histories

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Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War
By Stephen V. Ash
In March 1863, 900 black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. Using long-neglected primary sources, historian Ash's stirring narrative re-creates this Civil War event with insight, vivid characterizations, and a keen sense of drama.

Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U.S. Army Rangers in World War II
By Jim DeFelice
DeFelice takes a fresh look at the disastrous 1942 Allied landing at German-occupied Dieppe, France, from the perspective of the 50 U.S.

Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War
By Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss
In the spirit of the smash bestsellers Flyboys and Black Hawk Down, Tiger Force puts readers in the middle of overwhelming military action and turmoil, telling the story of unspeakable atrocity and unquestionable heroism.

Descending From the Clouds: A Memoir of Combat in the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division
By Spencer F. Wurst and Gayle Wurst
Wurst, a rifleman, spent the most of World War II in the European Theater of Operations as a squad leader or platoon sergeant in Company F, 505. Wurst's narrative, set against a carefully researched historical background, offers a unique view of the heat of battle as experienced by a noncommissioned officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. His story is the story of the coming of age of the American military: fewer than twenty men per company who started with the 505 returned home.

The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler's Europe
By McKay Jenkins
When World War II broke out in Europe, the American army had no specialized division of mountain soldiers. But in the winter of 1939-40, after a tiny band of Finnish mountain troops brought the invading Soviet army to its knees, an amateur skier named Charles Minot "Minnie" Dole convinced the United States Army to let him recruit an extraordinary assortment of European expatriates, wealthy ski bums, mountaineers, and thrill-seekers and form them into a unique band of Alpine soldiers. Drawing on unique cooperation from veterans of the 10th Mountain Division and a vast archive of unpublished letters and documents, The Last Ridge is written with enormous warmth, energy, and honesty.

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Other books by Tom Clavin

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Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue
By Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
In the tradition of The Perfect Storm and Flags of Our Fathers, this work chronicles the epic tale of men clashing against the ruthless forces of war and nature--a gripping true story of courage and survival against impossible odds and one of the greatest World War II sagas of our time.

The Ryder Cup: Golf's Greatest Event
By Bob Bubka and Tom Clavin
This history of the Ryder’s Cup, which matches teams from the U.S and Europe, discusses the players, commentators, and competitions, and includes many anecdotes about those involved.

Fatal Analysis: A True Story of Professional Privilege and Murder
By Martin Obler and Thomas Clavin
When psychologist Martin Obler accepts as a patient a disturbed young man who is having violent dreams, he grows more and more uneasy when he learns about a recent series of murders, the grizzly details of which sound horrifyingly familiar. As doctor and patient clash in a battle between good and evil, Obler must decide between his legal and ethical obligations and his responsibility to the woman he loves and society.

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