By Stanley Weintraub
The day after Thanksgiving, 5 months into the Korean struggle, common Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions within the north and grandly introduced an end-the-war-by-Christmas offensive, regardless of contemporary facts of intervention by way of Mao's chinese language troops. Marching north in plunging temperatures, normal Edward Almond's X Corps, which integrated a Marine department below the capable management of common Oliver Smith, encountered little resistance. yet millions of chinese language, who had infiltrated around the frozen Yalu River, have been mendacity in wait and might quickly catch tens of millions people troops.
Led by means of the Marines, an crushed X Corps evacuated the frigid, mountainous Chosin Reservoir vastness and fought a swarming enemy and treacherous snow and ice to arrive the coast. climate, terrain, chinese language firepower, and a 4,000-foot chasm made get away look most unlikely within the face of a vanishing Christmas. yet patience and sacrifice prevailed, and the final troopships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve.
In the culture of his Silent evening and Pearl Harbor Christmas, Stanley Weintraub provides one other gripping narrative of a wartime Christmas season.
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Jean took her hand again. "Girl, say you will meet me here," he said, his voice ringing deep in his ears. "Shore I will," she replied, softly, and turned to him. It seemed then that Jean saw her face for the first time. She was beautiful as he had never known beauty. Limned against that scene, she gave it life--wild, sweet, young life--the poignant meaning of which haunted yet eluded him. But she belonged there. Her eyes were again searching his, as if. for some lost part of herself, unrealized, never known before.
A face, gray against the background of gloom inside, passed out of sight just as Jean entered. He knew he had been seen. In front of the long, rather low-ceiled store were four men, all absorbed, apparently, in a game of checkers. Two were playing and two were looking on. One of these, a gaunt-faced man past middle age, casually looked up as Jean entered. But the moment of that casual glance afforded Jean time enough to meet eyes he instinctively distrusted. They masked their penetration. They seemed neither curious nor friendly.
Jean sat down with his back to a pine, and, laying the sombrero by his side, he looked full at her, conscious of a singular eagerness, as if he wanted to verify by close scrutiny a first hasty impression. If there had been an instinct in his meeting with Colter, there was more in this. The girl half sat, half leaned against a log, with the shiny little carbine across her knees. She had a level, curious gaze upon him, and Jean had never met one just like it. Her eyes were rather a wide oval in shape, clear and steady, with shadows of thought in their amber-brown depths.
A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War by Stanley Weintraub