Academic journal article Military Review

OUTPOST KELLY: A Tanker's Story

Academic journal article Military Review

OUTPOST KELLY: A Tanker's Story

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OUTPOST KELLY: A Tanker's Story, Jack R. Siewert, The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2006, 150 pages, $19.95.

In the summer of 1952, the UN and North Korea were working on a diplomatic solution to the Korean War. At the same time, there were continuous battles along the future border, often involving small changes to the front lines and the seizing of key terrain. Outpost Kelly is the account of one of these battles. Written by Jack Siewert, the book focuses on the role that Siewert's tank platoon played in helping the 15th Infantry Regiment win the fight for Outpost Kelly in July 1952.

Outpost Kelly details the events leading up to and through the battle. Siewert describes how his temporary support mission evolved into a longer and much more exciting combat operation. We see how his small attached unit quickly becomes an integral part of a larger scale combined arms fight, providing stationary direct-fire support to infantry-a non-doctrinal mission for armor. Siewert is forced to improvise new and effective tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Outpost Kelly also looks at the many factors that contributed to friction at the tactical level: monsoon weather, difficult terrain, inadequate intelligence, maintenance and equipment problems, and the boredom and complacency engendered by the long, static days between fighting. …

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