World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth presents Hampton Sides: The Korean War’s Greatest Battle
At a point in the autumn of 1950 when it seemed the U.S.-led coalition of UN and South Korean forces had successfully repelled the June incursion by North Korea into South Korea, Communist China entered the conflict. In late November, 120,000 Chinese troops surrounded and outnumbered 30,000 UN troops under the command of the 1st Marine Division near the Chinese border. In temperatures as low as -36 degrees Fahrenheit, the 17-day battle at the Chosin Reservoir that came to be known as "Frozen Chosin" had taken the lives of 2,500 U.S. troops. A further 5,000 were wounded by weapon and 8,000 by frostbite. The Chinese 9th Army lost 50,000 men, 30,000 of those dying from the brutal cold. After he had escaped through the mountains to transport ships, Commanding General Oliver P. Smith said, "Retreat, hell. We’re not retreating. We’re just advancing in another direction."
The trademark style of best-selling historian Hampton Sides is his ability to place the reader directly into what has been called "non-fiction adventure stories." His On Desperate Ground; The Epic Story of Chosin Reservoir – The Greatest Battle of the Korean War, was named one of Amazon’s 2018 Ten Best History Titles. Sides has written for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire, Preservation, and Men’s Journal. He divides his time between Santa Fe and Colorado College, where he teaches narrative non-fiction and serves as Journalist-in-Residence.