Academic journal article Military Review

A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War

Academic journal article Military Review

A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War

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A CHRISTMAS FAR FROM HOME

An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival During the Korean War

Stanley Weintraub, Da Capo Press, Boston, 2014, 261 pages

Bombs, artillery, rifles, and blood characterized the Christmas of 1950. That holiday season for soldiers and marines in Korea was certainly one they would never forget. A Christmas Far from Home by Stanley Weintraub is an essential read for all combat and service support commanders throughout the chain of command.

Weintraub, through primary source material, creates a descriptive image of the post-Thanksgiving offensive and subsequent withdrawal of United Nations (UN) forces in 1950. Even though he provides opinions about Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his "home by Christmas offensive" Weintraub offers ample evidentiary support in his opposition to the offensive. The historical account reads like a novel as it tracks soldiers and marines from the banks of the Yalu River and creates a broad understanding of the withdrawal through multiple individual perspectives. His account sheds a light on one of the most significant turning points in the Korean War, namely the Chinese intervention that pushed the American offensive back through the Chosin Reservoir and Funchilin Pass to the strategic rescue at Hungnam Harbor. A Christmas Far from Home is a true Christmas story that offers a broad view of the American and Chinese offensives while incorporating personal accounts of heroism. …

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