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"The Chosin Reservoir Campaign"

Author: Unknown



In the mountainous terrain of North Korea during sub-zero winter conditions, along and in the hills surrounding a primitive road barely wide enough for a single modern vehicle to pass, the battle of Chosin Reservoir took place. It has been termed by historians as the most savage battle in modern warfare.

Chosin Reservoir campaign began on November 27 at Yudam-ni with Chinese Communist action against the 5th and 7th Marine Regiments on the west side of the reservoir. On the 28th, the battle commenced throughout the 1st Marine Division sector.

Approximately 20,000 allied troops (about 17,000 of them men of the 1st Marine Division) were attacked by 120,000 CCF whose orders were to annihilate the allies "to the last man."

This fierce, bloody battle, unparalleled in modern history, resulted in 15,000 allied casualties. 2,500 were killed in action, 5,000 were wounded in action, and 7,500 suffered severe frostbite and cold injuries. The enemy forces endured crippling losses. 40,000 were dead, and thousands more were down with wounds and frostbite.

The 1st Marine Division and attached units fought their way back into action a month later, while seven of the ten CCF divisions never entered combat again during the Korean War.


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Through out the Chosin Reservoir battle both the Army and the Marines had constant daylight support from aircraft of the Marine Air Wing. This is a photo of the type of aircraft that the Marine Air Wing used. Without these pilots and aircraft the outcome of the battle could have had a different ending. These pilots did a very outstanding job.

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End of November 1950-Withdrawing from Chosin Reservoir and Hagaru-ri.

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End of November 1950-Yudam-ni. Marines pull back.

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December 6, 1950-Exhausted Marines at the breakout of Hagaru-ri.

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December 8, 1950-Marines breakout of Koto-ri.

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End of November 1950-Medical aid station at Yudam-ni.

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End of November 1950-Marines withdraw from Yudam-ni.

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December 1950-Napalm strike at Chosin Reservoir.

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December 1950-3rd Inf Div artillery firing for support of Marines and Army during breakout.

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Destroying Chinese roadblock during the Chosin Reservoir breakout.

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After troop evacuation US Navy destroys ports at Hungnam so Chinese can not use the facilities.

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Dec 6, 1950-Marines on the road from Hagaru to Kotori, withdarwing from the Chosin Reservoir area.

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C-119 dropping supplies to Marines and Army troops while surrounded at Chosin Reservoir.

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Marines setting up C P

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Marine braving the weather.

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Cold, cold climate.

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Stalled at a Chinese roadblock while withdrawing from Chosin Reservoir.

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Evacuation port at Hungnam-December 1950

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Exhausted Marines withdrawing from the Chosin Reservoir.

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This is an aerial view of the Chosin Reservoir.

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Getting some much needed rest.

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Setting up mortar. Chosin Reservoir 30 Nov 1950
Submitted by" Cpl P W McDonald

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Hagaru-Ri 6 Dec 1950. Two Marines sleeping in the cold snow. Just broke out of Chosin Reservoir.
Submitted by: Sgt F C Kerr

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Hagaru-Ri 6 Dec 1950 More Marines sleeping that just broke out of Chosin Reservoir
Submitted by: Sgt F C Kerr

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Chinese attacking Marines at Chosin Reservoir far slope of hill.

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Marine tanks awaiting withdrawal orders from Koto-Ri

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Taking a much needed rest during withdrawal from Chosin Reservoir.

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"King" Battery, 11th Marines fires 155 MM illumination shells
Submitted by: Sgt John Babyak

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