• East of Chosin

  • Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950
  • By: Roy E. Appleman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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East of Chosin

By: Roy E. Appleman
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
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Roy Appleman's East of Chosin, first published in 1987, won acclaim from reviewers, readers, and veterans and their families. For the first time, there was one complete and accessible record of what happened to the army troops trapped east of the Chosin Reservoir during the first wintry blast of the Korean War. Based heavily on the author's interviews and correspondence with the survivors, East of Chosin provided some of those men with their first clue to the fate of fellow soldiers.

In November 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 the road, a few of the 385 survivors trudged across the frozen reservoir to alert the marines to their plight.

©1987 Lt. Col. Roy E. Appleman (P)2010 Tantor
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"A highly suspenseful account of a military catastrophe and...an inverted object lesson in field command under the worst possible conditions." ( Publishers Weekly)

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a well researched account.

I served many years in the USMC. "The Frozen Chosin" was one of the many parts of Marine history used to inspire and motivate us from the time we first stood on the yellow footprints at MCRD. The story of the USA soldiers who fought in that storied battle were almost never mentioned. Many years later when I became a college student majoring in military history, I found that there were Army units there.
This is an outstanding account of the tragedy that fell upon those brave men and their leaders, especially their sacrifice which I believe enabled the USMC to conduct their fighting withdrawal and deny the Chinese Communist Forces the complete annihilation of US forces in they were seeking.
Superbly researched and well-documented. Conclusions well-supporte