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The War before the Communist Spring Offensive of 1951

William T. Bowers and John T. Greenwood

in Passing the Test

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134529
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135991 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134529.003.0001
The War before the Communist Spring Offensive of 1951

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This chapter provides context for the chapters that follow. It explains both U.S. and UN strategy and operations and those of the Communist Chinese and North Korean forces, which were preparing what they called the first phase of the Fifth (Spring) Offensive. The chapter then analyses the decision to cross the 38th parallel, China's entrance into the war, and the subsequent offensive begun by the Eighth Army. The chapter explores the effect of the terrain and weather in Korea on the battles and strategy employed by both armies. The chapter details preparations and events leading up to the Spring Offensive.

Keywords: MacArthur; Eighth Army; terrain; Van Fleet; China

Chapter.  3961 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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