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To The Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951 by [Salmon, Andrew]
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'Over a thousand British servicemen lost their lives in the Korean War and here, at last, is a compelling account of a defining moment in the conflict.... An astonishing tale.'
--Good Book Guide, June, 2009<br /><br />`Salmon's vivid use of recollections and dramatic quotes brings alive an unjustly forgotten conflict'
-- Time Out, August 20, 2009<br /><br />'To the Last Round by Andrew Salmon is a gripping hour-by-hour reconstruction of the defence of the Imjin River in Korea by a brigade of British troops in April 1951. It's still the bloodiest battle fought by British troops since the Second World War and should rank with Rorke's Drift as an heroic last stand. Yet it and the Korean War in general are little known and the few surviving veterans are bitter at this lack of recognition. Salmon's superb book, exhaustively researched and expertly written, should go some way to redressing the balance.'
-- Saul David, The Times, October 11, 2009<br /><br />'Enthralling and action-packed...relives every moment of that astonishing battle' -- Robert Hardman, Daily Mail, April 24, 2009<br /><br />'Copiously reported...the book is filled with detail enough to win the attention even of those for whom military histories may seem irrelevent...exciting stuff' -- Don Kirk, Far Eastern Economic Review, October 2, 2009<br /><br />'A superb book which showcases British courage during a now almost forgotten last stand' -- Soldier Magazine, 2009<br /><br />'So glad you have recorded this piece of history and the people who made it for posterity' -- General Sir Peter de la Billiere<br /><br />'The descriptions of the battles are so realistic they raise the adrenalin level...your book should carry a health warning: Anyone with Post Traumatic Stress would be in danger of a relapse'
--Brigadier Meryn McCord, Imjin Veteran

About the Author

Journalist Andrew Salmon covers the Koreas for Forbes, The South China Morning Post, The Times and The Washington Times. Educated at Elizabeth College Guernsey, the University of Kent and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, he is the author of business history American Business and the Korean Miracle and two books about the Korean War. The first, To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951, was the unanimous winner of the Hampshire Libraries/Osprey Publishing ‘Best Military Book of 2009’ award. In 2010, he was honoured at Seoul’s National Assembly with a ‘Korean Wave’ award for his contribution to the literature of the Korean War. He lives in Seoul with wife Ji-young and daughter Hannah.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (25 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845138317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845138318
  • ASIN: B007TV0QB6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 215 customer reviews
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Absolutely superb and graphic account of the British 29th Brigade during the Korean war, culminating in the holding actions along the Imjin river. I've had it 3 days and haven't been able to put it down, one of the most compelling military history books I've ever read.

Personal accounts cross referenced with official sources and Regimental war diaries, maps for every chapter and extensive use of authors notes throughout the book make this a must read for anyone who like me suddenly realised how little they knew about this conflict.

I wouldn't hesitate recommending this book to anybody and have no hesitation in giving it five stars.
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The battle in question took place during the Korean war, in March 1951 between the British (and Belgian) 29th Brigade and the Chinese army. 29 Bde were dug in on the mountains overlooking the Imjin river, north of Seoul and the Chinese Army mounted a "human wave" attack to force them off. The abiding story of the battle is the Gloster's gallant (but doomed) defence in the face of astonishingly overwelming numbers, but the Royal Ulster Rifles, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, the Belgian Regiment, the 8th Hussars and the Royal Artillery all played a central role as well, facing similarly difficult conditions and standing up against the enemy with equal gallantry.

The book is *exceptionally* well written: it is supremely readable and, calling as it does on interviews with the survivors, it is by no means a dry historical account. It gives plenty of air time to all the participants (including the Koreans themselves) rather than simply focusing on the Glosters alone. It's worth noting that other accounts have tended to ignore the other units who fought in the battle (much to the annoyance of those concerned) which makes this particular treatment all the more important.

There is a fairly long exposition, discussing the cause of the war and its progress up till the battle itself. This puts the battle nicely in context and in no way detracts from the story.

This is a highly reccomended book about an epic event. Buy it!
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Andrew Salmon has produced the definitive account of the actions of 29th Brigade in the Imjin battle in April 1951. The book is superbly researched and thoroughly gripping, I literally could not put it down. The various characters who are highlighted in the book leap of the pages, especially the indominatable Derek Kinne of the Royal North Humberland Fusiliers. Salmon puts the reader in the foxholes alongside the hard pressed British soldiers as they face repeated mass human wave attacks by Chinese infantry. As somebody with a military past, and an avid interest in British military history, I can think of no other action fought by the British Army, which exceeds the actions of 29th Brigade- even Arhnem. US General Van Fleet stated that "The stand of The Glosters was the finest example of small unit action in the history of modern warfare." This book illustrates the British soldier at his very best, defiant, resilient, robust, brave and a stoicism that is an example to today's British soldiers. His sense of humour in the face of adversity also shines through. It is impossible to read this book as a Briton, particulary if you have served in the British Army, and not feel intensely proud of the men of the 29th Brigade. This book is a masterpiece, an absolute classic, it would be rude not to read it!
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Format: Hardcover
Andrew Salmon's book 'To The Last Round' makes gripping reading. I served in Korea during the final stages of the conflict, just prior to the cease fire but I never really appreciated the trauma of the situation but the book brought it all home to me. I think it was the matter-of-fact comments of the squaddies that make it so real. The book should be compulsory reading for all those that whinge about the cost of the armed forces
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This is, without doubt, one of the finest, if not the finest, accounts of a battle that I have ever read. His description of a little known battle in an almost unheard of war, is masterly. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about the Korean War. The book also illustrates the great depth of gratitude that the Korean people have for our armed forces to this day. Politicians of today take note!
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Andrew Salmon has produced a highly detailed, yet very readable account of one of the most courageous and yet now almost forgotten last stands in the history of the British Army. His technique has included interviewing many if not all of the survivors of the battle which allows his narrative to include accounts of what it was really like to be there, in a slit trench under constant attack for days, as well as presenting the overall perspective of the action. Neither does he shy away from discussing the controversy surrounding how the 1st Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment (the Glorious Glosters) were allowed to become surrounded by a determined enemy in vastly superior numbers and had to fight it out "To the Last Round".
A really excellent book.
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An enthralling account of what was basically a cock up, not that that detracts in any way from the truly magnificent actions of the combatants. It tells part of the story of a totally different kind of war than that fought today and is a must read for military buffs and the layman. Well written, easy to follow and understand, its a great book. I can't wait for his book on the whole war. Read it and weep, I did.
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