The author, a young conscript, fought with The Glorious Glosters at the legendary Imjin River battle. Heavily outnumbered by the Chinese and subjected to 'human wave' infantry attacks, he and his colleagues suffered the trauma of being over-run. Dave and those who were not killed became POWs having to endure appalling conditions for over two years. This fighting soldier's memoir brings home some most unpalatable truths.
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David green was a National Serviceman who served with the Glosters during the Korean War. After a successful period on the front line he was part of their heroic stand on the Imjin River, and was one of five hundred survivors who were taken prisoner when their positions were finally overrun. This isn't just a prisoner of war story - Green isn't captured until the second half of the book, with the first half spent tracing his training after he was called up, his trip to Korea and his experiences of combat between reaching the front and the battle of the Imjin River. One of the most interesting points to emerge from the book is that Green and his fellow prisoners seem to have found it easier to deal with captivity than with the possibility of freedom, which introduced a new level of uncertainty into their lives, along with the prospect of having their hopes dashed if the negotiations had stalled or fallen apart. Green acknowledges that he was lucky to have been held in one of the better camps, and not to have suffered from the worst mistreatment within that camp. Ironically he appears to have been better treated during a period of forced labour (after a failed escape attempt) than when he was in the main camp, at least in terms of food and activity. I was also intrigued by the idea that most of the prisoners had heard stories of the atrocities committed against POWs by the Japanese during the Second World War, and were thus relieved when the Chinese didn't behave quite so badly. - History of War
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Book Description Pen & Sword Books Limited, Barnsley, United Kingdom, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 180 pages b/w photos. Bookseller Inventory # 322087
Book Description Pen & Sword, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX085052959X