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Hwach’on Dam– Attacks in the West

William T. Bowers

in Striking Back

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125640
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135366 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125640.003.0011
Hwach’on Dam– Attacks in the West

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In early April, as the 23d Infantry Regiment of the 2d Division (X Corps) engaged in Operation Swing to clear the enemy from the southeastern end of the Hwach'on Reservoir, the 1st Cavalry Division (IX Corps) closed on Line Kansas at the western edge of the reservoir. The 7th Cavalry Regiment was the division's attacking force. During the night of 8–9 April, enemy forces resisting the advance of the 7th Cavalry Regiment abandoned their positions and withdrew. The unit's operations on 9 April as they secured Phase Line Kansas and pushed forward toward the dam are explained. The chapter also discusses the preliminary activity on 9 April and the decision on 10 April to continue the attack along the narrow neck of land leading to the dam. The mounting of the third attempt is presented. Despite the logistic shortfalls and other problems, the Rangers prepared to attack.

Keywords: Hwach'on Reservoir; 1st Cavalry Division; Operation Swing; 7th Cavalry Regiment; 23d Infantry Regiment

Chapter.  10437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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