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The Battle of Chosin 

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a crucial battle in the Korean War.


Randall MacLowry


Mark Zwonitzer




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Michael Murphy ... Narrator


Revisiting this pivotal 1950 Korean war battle through the eyewitness accounts of Participants / Veterans who were present for this first major military clash of the Cold War. An amazingly harrowing story of the 17 day engagement of bloody combat and heroic survival in subartic temperatures. UN forces largely outnumbered and surrounded, due to a surprise attack led by 120,000 Chinese troops. Also featured; insights from historians, and archival footage. Written by Mike D.

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1 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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One of the Marines' most significant battles fought
18 July 2018 | by bettycjungSee all my reviews

7/16/18. A decently made documentary about one of the biggest battles to take place during the Korean War. Amazing how easily we forget about what went on during these wars. Then again, it happened over 60 years ago! It is one of the Marines' most important battles. In a deliberate retrograde movement the Marines turned and fought their way down a narrow vulnerable road through several mountain passes and a bridged chasm until they reached transport ships waiting at the coast. Good thing there were still veterans alive to give first-hand accounts. For war buffs.

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