Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review of The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Authors:  Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.
Title:  The Last Stand of Fox Company:   A True Story of US Marines in Combat.
Publisher:  Atlantic Monthly Press.
Copyright:  2009.
Pages:  273.

Overview and Impressions:

This was a hard E-book to read.  Its the true account of Fox Company, US 7th Marine Regiment at the Chosin Reservoir during Thanksgiving 1950.  The unit struggled to survive against overwhelming odds when it was attacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army.  Part of a military miscalculation by General Douglas MacArthur, 8,000 American soldiers might have been slaughtered by the Red Chinese in the mountains of North Korea. 

How Fox Company survived is a story unto itself.  Let's say, it hurt reading about all the frostbite and walking wounded, besides the dead and dying.  I haven't read much about Korea.  The Last Stand of Fox Company killed any desire I had to game this conflict.  The reality of the brutal fighting when most of America wanted to forget it set the stage for the later Vietnam malaise.


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