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The Guns of August
Barbara W. Tuchman, Robert K. Massie
Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir - Joseph R. Owen [b:Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir|817372|Colder Than Hell A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir|Joseph R. Owen|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320525290s/817372.jpg|803259] gets 3 Stars for its no-nonsense portrayal of a Marine Rifle Company in the first 5 months of the Korean War. The title is a bit misleading because the Chosin Reservoir only fills the last quarter of the book. It is really a tale of the mortar section of B Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from August to December 1950. A bunch of ill-trained reservists and a couple regular Marines come together, quickly train up at Camp Pendleton, CA and then are thrown into battle just after the Inchon landings. Later transferred to the other coast, Baker 1/7 reaches the Chosin Reservoir and are one of the most forward units when the Chinese attack. 2nd Lt Owen tells the company's story without much explanation of a wider picture. Honest, unvarnished description of the brave and not so brave, very focused on the small unit actions. Lost a star due to no maps in the beginning. Does have some map sketches later that help. A good companion to [b:The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat|4452263|The Last Stand of Fox Company A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat|Bob Drury|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328774655s/4452263.jpg|4500488]. If not for the brave stand of Fox Company, Baker Company would not have made it out of the Chosin Reservoir. 2Lt Owen tells the story of fighting their way to Fox Hill and beyond. A good, quick read.