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Korean War: Battle on Pork Chop Hill

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Korean War: Battle on Pork Chop Hill

Originally published by Military History magazine. Published Online: June 12, 2006

Officially it was designated Hill 255, but its contour lines on a map of Korea and a 1959 film made it world famous as Pork Chop Hill. Based on a book by military historian S.L.A. Marshall, the movie dealt only with the penultimate, two-day battle for Pork Chop Hill in April 1953. In actuality, that hill claimed the lives of soldiers from the United States, Thailand, Colombia, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China in an ongoing struggle that lasted longer than on any other single battlefield in Korea.

 

After Communist North Korean forces invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the war raged up and down the peninsula several times as the United States, the United Nations (U.N.) and finally Communist China sent ground forces there. By July 1952, however, both sides had constructed such strong defensive lines that neither could undertake a major offensive without suffering unacceptable losses. In 1952, North Korea and China had 290,000 men on the front lines and another 600,000 in reserve. The U.N. countered with 250,000 troops on the line, backed by 450,000 reserves.http://www.historynet.com/korean-war-battle-on-pork-chop-hill.htm

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Korean War: Battle on Pork Chop Hill

Originally published by Military History magazine. Published Online: June 12, 2006

 

 

 

The thing people who have never been to Korea have trouble getting is just how....Hilly it is, and what a rough place it is. It is just a terrible place to fight in.

 

 

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17TH INFANTRY REGIMENT. PORK CHOP HILL

105's Forward Position

 

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A VIEW OF OLD BALDY & CHINK BALDY

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