Cold War 1945-1991, Inchon Landing, MacArthur’s Korean War Masterstroke September

The Cold War series has become very popular because it tells the stories of very important events that are still under-told. The familiar format of lavish illustration with rare images is followed again, producing a vivid picture of what is arguably the greatest battle since World War II – Most Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Cold War 1945-1991, Inchon Landing, MacArthur's Korean War 
Masterstroke September 1950
FILE: R2954
AUTHOR: Gerry van Tonder
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War, USSR, CPR, domino theory, United Nations, clash of 
ideologies, amphibious landing

ISBN: 1-52675-696-X

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DESCRIPTION: The Cold War series has become very popular because it tells the 
stories of very important events that are still under-told. The familiar format of 
lavish illustration with rare images is followed again, producing a vivid picture 
of what is arguably the greatest battle since World War II –   Most Highly 
Recommended.

The Cold War story has been under-told for a cocktail of reasons even though it has 
shaped the modern world and become responsible for conflict continuing beyond its 
end. One factor in the presentation of this history is that it came after the Second 
World War and there was a growing flood of books, magazines, films and television 
drama about WWII. There was not a lot of available space for completely new 
material beyond WWII. Another factor was that material has remained classified 
because it has implications to much later activities. Then there is the fact that this 
was the first United Nations war that involved a complex mix of nations, fighting a 
bloody war on the other side of the world, where WWII seemed much more clear 
cut with strong nationalistic factors and the enemy cast as the evil empire. Korea 
was not only a battle between two groups of Koreans that was sucking in more 
countries, but it is a war that has never been ended by a Peace Treaty.

When the North Koreans swept over the border, their advance was rapid, defence 
spasmodic and every prospect that it would be a lightning war with the invaders 
victorious. The US had not prepared well and its troops were flung back into the 
Great Bug Out which is perhaps a kinder description of what was a rabble, routed. 
From that very ignominious start, the US bounced back through the masterstroke of 
controversial US commander MacArthur, in launching a counter attack in the form 
of an amphibious landing at Inch'on, which was not the most favourable beach to 
land on.

The story has been told well following on from the first two volumes dealing with 
the North Korean invasion and drive South. The illustration is excellent. Given the 
island hopping program against Japan and the landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy 
and Normandy, it is easy to assume the planning for Inch'on was an automatic 
process but this underestimates the enthusiasm with which politicians started 
spending the 'peace dividend' in the years following 1945. MacArthur had many, 
mainly internal and political, challenges to overcome before the first boots landed 
on the enemy shore.