978-0-9653120-3-5 / 0965312038

Faces of War II - Red Dragon

by Wilson, Arthur W.

Publisher:Artwork Pubns



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The legacy of this book is an inheritance from Korean Vignettes, Faces of War, a book well received by Korean War veterans. In the memories of those whose vignettes were portrayed, the book gave a realistic view of the Korean War panorama. Red Dragon, The Second Round, Faces of War II, had a different origin and a much more difficult birth. Both the Editor and Photographer, two amateurs, had grappled with the complexities of invading the turf of an established publishing industry. By the time we had successfully shot our way through the many roadblocks encountered, we vowed, "Never Again!" We held to that oath for four years, giving the same answer to those urging emphasis on the history of the latter half of the Korean War in a second book. We faced the same query every year at reunions of the 31st Infantry Regiment. We had the same answer for those who noted we had not mentioned the contribution of the 40th and 45th National Guard Divisions. This was an unintended slight, reflecting a lack of knowledge by the editors whose Korean War experience was limited to the period June 1950 through year end 1951. Guilt gnawing at our collective conscience finally resulted in a decision to correct the unintended slight to the two National Guard Divisions. Preliminary research revealed a historical lack of detail. The detailed history "bible" of the Korean War, The Forgotten War by Clay Blair, devotes 941 pages to the period 25 June 1950 through 10 July 1951. The remaining 35 pages cover 11 July 1951 to war's end, 27 July 1953. However, those 35 pages are devoted solely to 'Peace Talks" and difficulties of POW exchange. Truly his "Forgotten War" title applies literally only to the latter half of the Korean War. We did not have the means to explore the extensive material available at Carlisle Barracks, or other repositories of military information. We resorted to use of the same device we had pioneered in Korean Vignettes, memories of those who were there in the making...

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