During the past month I've begun reading (in chronological order) the volumes of the Marines in The Korean War Commemorative Series. These concise volumes are available to read free online, and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in the USMC involvement in that conflict.
I started with 'Fire Brigade' by Capt. John C. Chapin, which describes the deployment of the first marine units to the Pusan perimeter. Absolutely fascinating, with plenty of material within for scenario designers, such as the first M-26 vs. T34/85 tank battles.
Next was 'Over the Seawall' by B.Gen. Edwin H. Simmons, which is an account of the planning and execution of the Inchon landings, and the breakout from the beach head. The account of the landing on Wolmi-Do island reminded me somewhat of the Gavutu-Tanambogo operation terrain-wise (without the fanatical resistance of the Japanese defenders in the earlier conflict of course!). This volume should be of interest to anyone desiring some insight in to the actions portrayed within the Smith's Ridge HASL.
Presently I am reading the third volume, 'Battle of the Barricades', by Col. Joseph H. Alexander, which details the battle for Seoul. I just finished the account of the night battle near Ma Po Boulevard, upon which scenario FT S2 'Besting Basilone' is based.
I apologize if my descriptions of these volumes appear to be too concise, but this should in no way discourage anyone with an interest in the Korean War from reading this series. I might also add that although this series is focused upon the USMC, I was very pleased to see that the actions of the U.S. Army's 7th ID were not neglected in these books.
Perhaps my greatest 'take away' from my reading of this series thus far has been the astonishing amount of research which is evident in LFT's 'The Fight for Seoul' HASL. I have been playing this module almost constantly ever since receiving it over a month ago. The level of realism from the stunning maps to the HASL-specific special rules are absolutely amazing. Yes, I realize that this is supposed to be a book review of sorts, however it is my fascination with the Seoul module which has led me to seek out and start reading the USMC Korean War series. In my humble opinion, 'Fight for Seoul' is nothing less than a ASL masterpiece, the likes of which I haven't experienced since Festung Budapest.
Thank you so much for this link... I'll be adding it to my bookmarks.https://archive.org/details/USMCOperationsInKorea1950-1953VolTwo/mode/2up Check these out if you haven't already.
Thanks very much for that. Were you able to have it work? I had a web site error; something like "value outside of range".
Site worked just fine for me. The key is that the only books it applies to are the five in the link. If you have AdBlock, NoScript, or the like, it may take some tweaking there to get the functionality you need.Thanks very much for that. Were you able to have it work? I had a web site error; something like "value outside of range".
Just received this in the mail 5 minutes ago.
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