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Captured at the Imjin River: The Korean War Memoirs of a Gloster [Kindle Edition]

David Green
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The author, a young conscript, fought with The Glorious Glosters at the legendary Imjin River battle. Heavily outnumbered by the Chinese and subjected to 'human-wave' infantry attacks, he and his colleagues suffered the trauma of being overrun and the vast majority of those who were not killed became POWs. This serious reverse of fortunes shocked postwar Britain but the bravery of the Battalion caught the public's imagination. The inhuman treatment suffered at their captors' hands by the survivors, including the author, has possibly never been fully realized. This memoir written from the perspective of a fighting soldier will surely bring home some most unpalatable truths.

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About the Author

David green was a National Serviceman who served with the Glosters during the Korean War. After a successful period on the front line he was part of their heroic stand on the Imjin River, and was one of five hundred survivors who were taken prisoner when their positions were finally overrun. This isn't just a prisoner of war story - Green isn't captured until the second half of the book, with the first half spent tracing his training after he was called up, his trip to Korea and his experiences of combat between reaching the front and the battle of the Imjin River. One of the most interesting points to emerge from the book is that Green and his fellow prisoners seem to have found it easier to deal with captivity than with the possibility of freedom, which introduced a new level of uncertainty into their lives, along with the prospect of having their hopes dashed if the negotiations had stalled or fallen apart. Green acknowledges that he was lucky to have been held in one of the better camps, and not to have suffered from the worst mistreatment within that camp. Ironically he appears to have been better treated during a period of forced labour (after a failed escape attempt) than when he was in the main camp, at least in terms of food and activity. I was also intrigued by the idea that most of the prisoners had heard stories of the atrocities committed against POWs by the Japanese during the Second World War, and were thus relieved when the Chinese didn't behave quite so badly. - History of War

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EE2ACY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Positive Message Throughout 14 Nov. 2003
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I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed reading this book, especially as I do not normally read this type of book. Once I had got about a quarter of the way through the book I couldn't put it down - always a sign of a great book!
The references to Gloucestershire were great as I could really relate to them as I am from that area. However, I feel that even if not from that area you could still enjoy the reflections about an area which was obviously well loved and apply the feelings to the area where you grew up.
The thing I enjoyed most about the book was the way the Glosters were portrayed as always having a positive spirit and always trying to make the best of the situation they were in. There is no doubt that they suffered great hardship, but the way that many of the survivors kept themselves going was through encouraging each other to keep happy. I think this message is a fantastic one for any person, in any situation and it is really brought home in the pages of this book.
Overall I would encourage anyone to read this book, even if they haven't read anything like this before, as it not only helps you to appreciate good things in your life but also shows how a positive attitude can help you through the worst of situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 6 April 2013
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As an ex Gloster I found this book well worth reading I only wish there had been more names of soldiers mentioned as I may have remembered them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 13 Dec. 2012
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Great to read a story from the view of a every day soldier, rather than the views of an officer. Can highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 14 Mar. 2013
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Intriquing story of a soldier in the Korean War and two years prisoner with the Chinese. A good interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imjin River 30 May 2013
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It is only recently that I have read any books relating to the Korean war, this was to date the best one so far. David Green and others like him were very brave men and again we should never forget them and what they done. A very enjoyable and informative book I would strongly recommend this book to anyone.
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