Everyone knows (at least those who have been interested in reading about the "police action" in Korea), how the United States Marine Corps saved the day on the peninsula, time after time, saving the United States Army's bacon from certain destruction. At least that is how it is recorded in the history books and the official histories as well. It is well that the research continues and reveals more and more information to present a clearer, more balanced picture of what actually occurred.
This is the case with Into the Breach at Pusan. The author utilizes contemporary source materials, such as combat records, action reports and oral histories from both the Army and Marine Corps in order to present a more accurate account of the campaign for the Pusan Perimeter. He has corrected discrepancies between accounts of the two armed services and has banked the fires of USMC sentiment seen throughout the literature and gives us an objective account of the accomplishments of the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade during the first three months of the Korean War.
Instead of the inter-service rivalry that is heard quite frequently, the reader instead gets a sense of the cooperation that had to have gone on in order to survive and secure victory. Without the Marines timely, professional performance, the 8th U.S. Army would have saved itself albeit with greater damage to itself.
This book makes an excellent addition to the literature of the "forgotten conflict."