Armor in Korea A Pictorial History by Jim Mesko

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When the Commonwealth units received American equipment it took them a while to remove the US markings. (Dunstan) of the 2nd Infantry Division carries a team of tactical air officers to the front on a spotting mission. 30 caliber machinegun for additional protection An M-39 against infantry. (US Army) self-propelled gun moves down a road past a column of troops from the 24th Infantry Division during a counterattack against the Chinese spring offensive. The M-7 is believed to be from Company D of the 8th Armored Battalion.

Both M-4s are carrying extra fuel drums on their rear decks. (USMC) A Centurion from the 8th Hussars crosses a pontoon bridge over the Imjin River. Centurions from a number of different units played a decisive role in this sector as the Chinese attempted to seize hilltops, notably the "Hook", in order to turn the flank of troops holding the sector. (Dunstan) Commonwealth Primitive conditions in Korea made maintenance a nightmare, with recovery vehicles proving to be invaluable when more permanent installations were not available.

However, a huge bridge had been destroyed and unless replacement sections could be flown in, the division's retreat was at an end. The fortunes of war smiled on the Leathernecks when the Air Force was able to parachute in whole bridge The bridge was rebuilt, allowing the Haungnam, where it was evacuated by sea. spans. division to make it safely to During their withdrawal the Marines lost nearly 8000 men but had inflicted over 37,000 casualties on the enemy. These losses were so severe that the Chinese Ninth Army was unable to carry out any major attacks against the X Corps as it retreated to Hungnam.

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