On Thanksgiving Day, 1950, US Army troops pushed north through the Korean peninsula, to drive North Korea's Communist army out of democratically-held South Korea. Within days, they were surrounded by more than 85,000 Chinese soldiers in the mountains by the Chosin Reservoir. View the intense battle in intimate detail in this vivid narrative of combat and survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War.
American Experience: The Battle of Chosin On Thanksgiving Day, 1950, the troops of the US Army's X Corps were pushing north through the Korean peninsula at a breakneck pace, spearheading a United Nations force sanctioned to drive North Korea's invading Communist army out of democratically-held South Korea. If all went according to plan, General McArthur had assured the President that US troops would be home by Christmas. But all did not go according to plan. Within days of the assault, 10,000 US Marines, along with units of US Army and UN troops, found themselves completely surrounded by more than 85,000 Chinese soldiers in the craggy Taebaek Mountains encircling the Chosin Reservoir. ""The Chinese military forces are committed in great and ever-increasing strength,"" a stunned McArthur wrote to the Pentagon. ""We face an entirely new war."" Over the next two weeks, in temperatures that often plunged to twenty degrees below zero, U.S. troops engaged in intense and bloody combat as they fought their way through the mountain passes. The Battle of Chosin recounts the conflict in intimate detail through the eyewitness accounts of participants, presenting a harrowing narrative of combat and survival in the first major military clash of the Cold War.
Producer: Randall MacLowry
Production Company: A Film Posse, Inc. Production for American Experience
Production Year: 2016
Copyright Year: 2016
Narrator: Michael Murphy
Writers: Mark Zwonitzer
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
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