FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE: THE BATTLES OF THE HOOK, KOREA 1953.

Barker, A. J.


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Barnsley, rep., 2002. Xviii + 170 pp., 13 photo-plates + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. F.f.e.p., clipped part way down across top right corner o/w FINE. This classic account of the Korean War describes in detail the two costliest battles which took place on The Hook, the prominent ridge on the Peninsula. Both involved British infantry battalions of 29 Commonwealth Brigade. In November 1952, The Black Watch saw off a major Chinese attack against all odds. In May 1953 it was the turn of 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's Regiment to face what must have seemed an overwhelming onslaught. Along a 1,000 yard front the greatest concentration of artillery fire since the Great War brought to bear on Chinese human-wave attacks. In the morning the Dukes still held the ground despite heavy casualties. This feat of arms, achieved by a battalion made up mainly of young National Servicemen from Yorkshire, ranks among the finest in the long history of the British Army.


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