Into the Breach at Pusan: The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade in the Korean War Hardcover – May 7 2012
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This is the case with Into the Breach at Pusan. The author utilizes contemporary source materials, such as combat records, action reports and oral histories from both the Army and Marine Corps in order to present a more accurate account of the campaign for the Pusan Perimeter. He has corrected discrepancies between accounts of the two armed services and has banked the fires of USMC sentiment seen throughout the literature and gives us an objective account of the accomplishments of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade during the first three months of the Korean War.
Instead of the inter-service rivalry that is heard quite frequently, the reader instead gets a sense of the cooperation that had to have gone on in order to survive and secure victory. Without the Marines timely, professional performance, the 8th U.S. Army would have saved itself albeit with greater damage to itself.
This book makes an excellent addition to the literature of the "forgotten conflict."
This review is from: The Pusan perimeter: Korea, 1950 (Hardcover)
"An Important Re-evaluation of the Pusan Perimeter Fighting."
Kenneth Estes, Into the Breach at Pusan: The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade in the Korean War (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012). A most useful and engaging study, finally putting to rest some of the biggest myths and exaggerations of the battle for the Pusan Perimeter. Some of the debunking includes:
(a) the Marine Provisional Brigade was not the only "fire brigade" there were four others, (b) the operational strength of the brigade did not drop below 90%, (c) Marine aviation supported Army and ROK units, not simply the Marines, (d) General Walton Walker was a superb commander and the Eighth Army under his direction saved itself and (e) the Eighth Army achieved manpower parity with the North Korean forces around the perimeter by July 22 and significant numerical superiority by the end of August. The author also skillfully weaves in an account of the Marine counter-attacks at Masan and in the Naktong Bulge and points out that the M-26 Pershing tank developed at the end of World War II was put in service during the beginning of the Marine's deployment and it proved highly useful. This work also contains some excellent, rarely seen photographs. A worthwhile addition to the extensive literature on the Korean War.
Comes off as Army petulance.....about their inability to match the Marine Corps' image.
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