- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845136195
- ISBN-13: 978-1845136192
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 4.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scorched Earth, Black Snow: The First Year of the Korean War Hardcover – 1 Jun 2011
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A compelling tale that explains the camaraderie of small units in war, but doesn't shy away from the visceral if sometimes exhilarating experience of high-intensity conflict, the brutalising effect on those waging it and the consequences for the Korean population. This admirable book does justic to its subjects who deserve to be better remembered.(BBC History Magazine)
‘Gripping…The men who fought with the UN force deserve to be remembered better than they currently are. Salmon’s moving, fascinating book at last does them justice.’(Mail on Sunday)
‘Casts fresh light on Britain’s role in one of the 20th century’s bloodiest yet least remembered conflicts.’(The Times)
‘The author is rapidly earning himself a reputation as a key chronicler of the years of the Korean war: this latest title is incisive, compelling and neatly crafted, and will enhance that reputation further.’(South China Morning Post)
‘One of the book’s main assets is the many eyewitness accounts which enliven the exciting narrative. Thanks to Andrew Salmon, this forgotten war will now always be remembered.’(Britain at War)
‘Among the best works of non-fiction I have ever read. An absolute page-turner. Like a top work of thriller fiction, but it is for real.’(Arrse.co.uk (Army website))
‘The story is full to the brim, rich in tales of courage and of horror…a powerful story, distinctive in style, which pulls no punches…a military history that is fascinating, shocking and thought provoking in equal measure.’(Pennant)
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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Andrew Salmon has done what no other writer has done over the last 60 years, brought home to the British public the price that the youth of that time paid in defending freedom, in a most savage war. In three years of war almost 4,000,000 people lost their lives, including 1,200 young men from the U.K. While one young life lost is one to many, the figures from Korea do tend to put todays wars in some sort of perspective. This book does that and more, this book tells the Soldiers story,the horror of that first winter 1950/51 is told for the first time, some readers may be surprised to learn that so called "friendly fire" is not a new experience. But most of all this is a book that should be read by all who have any interest in History.
As a veteran of Korea I can only say two words to Andrew Salmon, "THANK YOU"
Korea is often called the `forgotten' war, and there was good reason for many to forget it. The victorious U.S. military machine of five years previously had been dismantled. The American public paid little attention to the state of its Armed Forces. There was still a draft, as Japan and Germany were still under military occupation, and the Cold War was underway. Yet the United States deemed Korea outside its sphere of interest. Indeed, just prior to Mao Zhe-dong's victory, the U.S. had withdrawn the last of its combat troops from Korea, leaving only a small military advisory effort. So when the most modern indigenous army in East Asia streamed across the 38th Parallel, the reaction was surprise and anger. U.S. forces were rushed to the Peninsula where the public expected they would make short work of the North Koreans. That they did not. Indeed, they were driven back, fleeing for their lives, and greater disasters were yet to come. There were a lot of events during the covered by Salmon's book that many American veterans would prefer to forget.
Scorched Earth starts with one of the best moments, as a victorious U.N. Army is driving north, and the enemy is fleeing as fast as he can, but not quite as fast as enveloping U.N. forces. The 27th Commonwealth Brigade has pushed up past Sariwon, the last major town before Pyongyang. Ordered to pull back south, the British, Scot, and Australian battalions run into a North Korean regiment traveling north.Read more ›
Following the outstanding success of his previous book on the Korean War "To the Last Round," this book successfully blends Andrew Salmon's intimate knowledge of Korea, his genuinely sympathetic feeling for those who fought and died and his skill as a journalist into a book which can be strongly recommended to all those who wish to know what happened in Korea in 1950-51.
This book offers numerous first-hand accounts of the men who fought during this terrible war, still regarded by many as `the forgotten war'. I have read some of the accounts previously but there are many new stories here along with some amazing black & white photographs. The accounts are graphic in nature, like this account during the UN drive to Seoul after the Inchon landings:
"Some men hitched rides from Kimpo into the part-ruined capital. The dead had not been cleared. `The North Koreans had shot all the public servants, and then the South Koreans had shot another bunch, there were people lined up and shot everywhere,' said Sergeant Reg Bandy. `It was pretty stenchy'."
Or these accounts following the battle for the `Orchard' when 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, were sent in to link up with American paratroopers from the 187th Airborne:
"Distant paratroopers could now see Australians closing. An airborne officer watched with astonishment the butchery inflicted by a single, fearsome Digger, `Bluey' - so called because of his red hair - Smith. A giant of a man, Smith `loved the army, and he had guts,' Bandy reckoned. Smith lunged into a North Korean trench, bayonet fixed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good read, knew so little about the Korean War until I read this book
I will read more about this almost forgotten war
One of the finest military history books I've ever read, let alone of the Korean War. Reading the account of 41 Commando during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, I could almost feel... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
thoroughly enjoyed both this and his book on the Battle at the Imjin River, why has there been nothing new in the past 4 or 5 years ?Published 12 months ago by Jimbo 1962
Good - rings true - from a genuine Korean veteran (my Dad)Published 17 months ago by Russell Harbison
Let the Korean War never be forgotten! This authors brings home the reality of the Korean War and I really hope he continues to expand his works on the subject.Published 17 months ago by TokyoIndia