Chaps! I have just come across this fantastic mil hist book! By Gad, I can't recommend it highly enough! You simply HAVE to read this corker of a tome! Why - it's even written by an ARRSER! And moreover....er...OK, OK, I'll come clean. My new effort is out today. "Scorched Earth, Black Snow" covers the British (1st Argylls, 1st Middlesex, 41 Commando RM) and Australian (3 RAR) troops in the early - and most dramatic - days of the Korean War: From the defense of South Korea to the counter-invasion of North Korea and the immense military catastrophe and humanitarian tragedy that ensued. The story unfolds (as far as I have been able to pull it off) largely in the words of some 90 veterans and survivors. Their accounts include: Commando raids 230 miles behind enemy lines Sniper vs sniper duels Hand-to-hand combat Bayonet fights Infantry vs tank night combat 'Human wave' attacks Featured actions and events include: Naktong Crossing: The worst friendly fire incident suffered by UK troops in recent history; Sariwon: An almost-unbelievable 'mistaken identity' battle fought at handshake range; Pakchon: In which 27th Brigade fight, unsupported, out of a Chinese divisional encirclement 'Hellfire Valley:' The searing experience of 41 Commando, facing 9-1 odds as they fight to reinforce US Marines at Chosin Reservoir The winter voyage of SS Meredith Victory, 'The Ship of Miracles' One of the bootnecks interviewed told me he refuses to discuss Korea as he thought people would not believe him if he did so. He is probably right. I have been researching this for two years, and AFAIK, most of this material has never been covered in any detail by UK historians, even though Korea remains, to this day, our bloodiest post-WWII war. Given that, it was a privilege to speak to the Aussie, British and US troops - and the South Korean civilians - who survived these events so their experiences could be recorded. More controversially, the book alleges that Whitehall covered up the dying words of the first VC of the Korean War. It also includes eyewitness accounts of: The shooting of wounded enemy; The burning of Korean townsl The execution of POWs; And the murder of civilians by British and Aussie troops. Fair? Objective? I believe so - but you be the judge. A review copy is winging its way towards Auld Yin, but for the record, I wanted to get my retaliation in first. Some snippets are posted below. Thanks for reading and apologies for the blatant marketing/self-promotion...but my publisher does not have the marketing budget of the big boys and it is a limited edition book, so somebody has to do it.