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on 22 February 2011
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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