Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950

Paperback | May 1, 2000

byMartin Russ

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On General Douglas MacArthur's orders, a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines were marching north to the Yalu river in late November 1950. These three regiments of the 1st Marine Division--strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road--soon found themselves completely surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Despite being given up for lost by the military brass, the 1st Marine Division fought its way out of the frozen mountains, miraculously taking thier dead and wounded with them as they ran the gauntlet of unceasing Chinese attacks.This is the gripping story that Martin Russ tells in his extraordinary book. Breakout is an unforgettable portrayal of the terror and courage of men as they face sudden death, making the bloody battles of the Korean hills and valleys come alive as they never have before.

Of interest will be the new PBS American Experience Documentary "The Battle of Chosin", which premiered on November 1, 2016.

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Late in 1950, 12,000 U.S. Marines found themselves surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Abandoned by the military brass, the first Marine Division fought its way out of the harsh Korean mountains. Breakout is the harrowing story of these brave men by Korean War veteran Martin Russ. Russ, a Purple Heart recipient, describes in gri...

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On General Douglas MacArthur's orders, a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines were marching north to the Yalu river in late November 1950. These three regiments of the 1st Marine Division--strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road--soon found themselves completely surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Despite being given up for ...

Martin Russ, the recipient of a Purple Heart for his service as a Marine during the Korean War, is the author of The Last Parallel and Line of Departure. He lives in California's Napa Valley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140292594

ISBN - 13:9780140292596

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Detailed Account of the Chosin Campaign This book provides a detailed account of the Chosin campaign at the tactial level. It shows how the marines fought their way out under superb leadership, and fire supports (air and artillery);and sometimes through the blunders committed by their opponents.
Date published: 2000-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When does the movie come out? When a TV movie-of-the-week is made from the most minor of events one wonders what has caused this saga to go overlooked by moviemakers for so long. A gripping account of a terrible ordeal and one that confirms we often see the best from people in the worst of circumstance. Despite having to deal with many combat units and varying geography the author succeeds in not letting the detail bog down the story- and even puts in a little humor. A few more maps would have been of benefit but this is a minor issue. A history that reads like a novel-recommended.
Date published: 2000-07-30

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Late in 1950, 12,000 U.S. Marines found themselves surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Abandoned by the military brass, the first Marine Division fought its way out of the harsh Korean mountains. Breakout is the harrowing story of these brave men by Korean War veteran Martin Russ. Russ, a Purple Heart recipient, describes in gripping detail how these soldiers miraculously fought their way out while bringing their dead and wounded with them. This exciting story of bravery and war will enthrall readers.