As the sun sets on the hill, and the temperature plunges to 30 degrees below zero, Barber's men dig in for the night. At two in the morning they are awakened by the sound - bugles, whistles, cymbals, and drumbeats - of a massive assault by thousands of enemy infantry. The attack is just the first wave of four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill, during which Barber's beleaguered company clings to the high ground and allows the First Marine Division to battle south. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox Company's Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like the outfit will be overrun, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a force of 500 men on a daring mission that cuts a hole in the Chinese lines and relieves the men of Fox Company.
The Last Stand of Fox Company is 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 battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the imm...
©2008 Bob Drury and TO, Clavin; (P)2009 Tantor
"Bob Drury and Tom Clavin have set the standard for wartime accounts on the Korean conflict.... This is a story that is almost too incredible to be true." (Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, director of the U.S. Marine Corps History Division)
"A paean worthy of one of the most extraordinary battles in Marine Corps history.... A magnificent book." (Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away)
Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!
I'll admit that I was in tears by the end of this book. A great story of human perseverence against pretty tough odds. Like most books, you may not need to listen to this at normal speed. 1.5 speed worked well for me for the material.
Top 1/3. It is a great telling of Marines in combat. As a Marine, I am probably partial to these kind of stories.
Overall, the combat and the conditions are told with detail enough to make you a little cold and a little nervous while you listen.
Any of the moments when wounded men, that many would say should have been evacuated (but couldn't be) would be bandaged up enough to continue to fight for their brothers.
No, but he does a great job of adding tension and emphasis when needed.
True Tale of the Frozen Chosin
Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding what makes Marines tick.
Also, a great title from the Marine Corps Professional Reading List. Recommended for Staff Sergeant, 1st Lieutenant, and CWO3.
I found this book to be interesting. I don't thonk people realize the hardships soldiers of other wars faced. WWll seems to be the only focus most of the time.
brilliant story , well narrated , worth a credit, agree with others that a little confusing at times wih location but doesnt disract too much from story.
Excellent story. Can't imagine what those men went through under the freezing conditions they faced with the little training and poor equipment. Inspiring how our country men could hold on and overcome in the face of certain defeat.
This is a tale of unbelievable hardship and courage. The facts of what these guys did in extremely cold weather is mind blowing. As you listen, you can almost not believe that it actually happened, but it did! Good historical war story.
The authors pull you into the foxholes of Fox Company Marines from the first page as you live through the brutal up-close battle for life they endured during a few long days and nights in this glimpse of the Korean War. Excellently crafted and narrated, the story switches from individual actions of individual Marines during the fight in a way that leaves the reader feeling as if you had been there alongside. A very worthwhile read.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
This was an amazing story and it is unbelievable what these soldiers endured. I really enjoyed this book. My problem was that the narration lacks emotion most of the time and his tone and cadence often did not match the action/intensity being described.
I read a lot of military history books, and this is as good as any I have read. In fact, I can only think of maybe 2 or 3 that were as good. I couldn't wait to hear the next installment each day in my vanpool, and it ended too soon.
Very well researched and easy to follow, the authors are to be commended for a fine job telling about a little known battle that decided the lives of so many. I am even prouder to be a Marine now that I've read about these brave Marines who went before me.
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