Chinese Hordes and Human Waves


A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953

By: Brigadier Brian Parritt
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781783373727
Published: 2nd July 2014
RRP / Print Price: £12.99

Current purchase price:
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Chinese Hordes and Human Waves

The North Koreans' attack on their Southern neighbours in 1950 shocked and surprised the World already in the grip of the Cold War in Korea. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United Nations on the other. The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war. He describes in vivid detail the horrific conditions faced not just by all elements of the British contingent but also the Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans who fought so well. The reader is given a clear insight of what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off ferocious massed attacks by the numerically superior Chinese. Few outside the war zone realised just how appalling and dangerous conditions were.

As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, the Author is well placed to analyse the causes and implications of the War, the reasons for the Commonwealth becoming involved, the failure of Intelligence and how the bravery of American troops on the ground counter-balanced errors of policy in the conduct of the War. The plight of prisoners-of-war, held with no regard for the Geneva Convention, is also scrutinised. As well as being rare and gripping personal memoir, Chinese Hordes and Human Waves provides a valuable insight into the broader issues surrounding this alltoo- often forgotten conflict.

 




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