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Korean War: (Paperback)

Michael Hickey

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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of this so-called Good War the first of the U.N. wars an authoritative work of history by a man who braved the battles.

Set in the midst of international power politics alongside fears of a worldwide conflagration, the Korean War at its height involved rapid, large-scale troop movements over long distances as each side experienced both outstanding success and disaster. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the conflict, Korean War veteran and military historian Michael Hickey tells the full story of the first test by the Communist bloc of Western resolve.

In addition to covering the dominant American involvement, Michael Hickey also sets in context the contributions many of them quite out of proportion to the size of their contingents of the other nations that answered the U.N. call and sent troops in response to the North Koreans surprise attack. Along with American troops, troops from Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, and elsewhere joined the effort, working together despite problems of culture and logistics. The Korean War recounts such masterstrokes as MacArthur s landing behind the enemy lines at Inchon, the drama of the glorious Glosters episode, and both collaboration and mutiny in the prisoner-of-war camps of either side.

Drawing on many previously unused sources from several countries, including recently declassified documents, regimental archives, diaries, and interviews, Michael Hickey adds extensively to our knowledge of one of the most significant conflicts of modern times.

Winner of the Westminster Medal for Military Literature

The main strength of Hickey s excellent account is its ability to combine solid analysis of high politics and strategy with gripping (and often horrifying) eye-witness accounts of life at the sharp end. The Sunday Telegraph

Colonel Hickey has written an enthralling study of this hideous war which will endure even after Beijing and Pyongyang have opened their files. The Spectator

Absorbing and well-informed. Sunday Times (London)

Michael Hickey, a graduate of the Staff College, Camberley, fought in Korea. He has been a Defense Fellow at King s College, London, and was later Director of the Museum of Army Flying. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Unforgettable Army and of Gallipoli.

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