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...
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"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)
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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The Last Stand of Fox Company tells the true story of a Marine Brigade that was sent deep into North Korea to fight overwhelming odds against the North Koreans and Chinese. The story is a nonstop, gut renching, realistic look at the brutality of war, the relentless, senseless killing on both sides of the conflict. It also tells the story of what today, many would call a fools errand, but one that reveals the spirit and brotherhood of men from every part of our society who were united by one thing, the Marine motto "Semper Fi", always faithful. You followed the lives of these men, over the span of only a few weeks, as they fought in an incredibly harsh environment, often with barely enough ammunition and wounds that would stop most people dead in their tracks.
War is far from glorified in this story, but the men who lived it deserve our deepest respect, honor and love. Regardless of what position you take on war in general or this war in particular, the story of these brave men is a compelling one that all thoughfully people should be familiar with.
A thoughful book, that tells their story without preaching a political position on either side of the war argument.
A story of almost too much intensity. The brutality of both the cold and the combat is breathtaking in its realism. Not for the fainthearted but surely the battle for Fox Hill is one of the classic war stories of all time.
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