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Battles of Bloody & Heartbreak Ridge
Korean War Mountain Combat
101 pages; 7 chapters and 2 appendices
During the Korean War of the 1950s, the Battles of Bloody & Heartbreak
Ridge were both casualty intensive and political. In fact, the Battles of Bloody
& Heartbreak Ridge were fought to impress the enemy rather than as part of
maneuver plan with farther reaching consequences for the reds. Battles of
Bloody & Heartbreak Ridge is the story of the planning and execution of the
two famous battles. Battles of Bloody & Heartbreak Ridge also addresses an
unspoken yet relevant consideration of the Korean War. Why didn’t the US and
South Korea organize, train and utilize mountain combat troops for such battles?
After all, the terrain of the Korean War was almost totally mountainous.
"'In no terms was it to open the door to a new major offensive. The war would settle down to a static war, where the troops
would fight and die battles where they would create poetic names for their battle fields, Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak
Ridge...'. However, the offensive at Bloody Ridge looked like a full-scale attack on the enemy. The attack would serve no
other purpose except to pressure the enemy into sincerity at the peace tables. It would also help to keep the 8th United
States Army combat ready. It was not an ambitious program, nor an unreasonable one. As it turned out, the only thing it
lacked was the number of casualties the battle would produce.
The ridge had little value to anyone, except as a vantage point for superior observation over the defensive line. The battle
of Bloody Ridge provided the Republic of Korea Army an opportunity to show the world its revitalized army."
Excerpt from Battles of Bloody & Heartbreak Ridge
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