By Stanley Weintraub

The day after Thanksgiving, 5 months into the Korean struggle, common Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions within the north and grandly introduced an end-the-war-by-Christmas offensive, regardless of fresh facts of intervention by way of Mao's chinese language troops. Marching north in plunging temperatures, normal Edward Almond's X Corps, which incorporated a Marine department below the capable management of common Oliver Smith, encountered little resistance. yet millions of chinese language, who had infiltrated around the frozen Yalu River, have been mendacity in wait and could quickly catch tens of hundreds of thousands people troops.

Led through the Marines, an crushed X Corps evacuated the frigid, mountainous Chosin Reservoir vastness and fought a swarming enemy and treacherous snow and ice to arrive the coast. climate, terrain, chinese language firepower, and a 4,000-foot chasm made break out look very unlikely within the face of a vanishing Christmas. yet patience and sacrifice prevailed, and the final troopships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve.

In the culture of his Silent evening and Pearl Harbor Christmas, Stanley Weintraub provides one other gripping narrative of a wartime Christmas season.

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In Howe's own words, the Grenadiers and 33rd Regiment "pursued numbers of the rebels ... so close to their principal redoubt, and with such eagerness to attack it by storm, that it required repeated orders to prevail upon them to desist.... " Howe's reasons for insisting on halting his men have been long debated. " Had the lines at Brooklyn been breached there would have been no alternative for the Americans but to surrender entirely, giving the British complete control of Long Island and removing around 9,000 rebel soldiers, including Washington, from the Continental Army.

Colonel John Haslet's Delawares were an imposing sight in their smart uniforms, adding a much needed dash of professionalism to Washington's army and also standing up extremely well to the rigors of battle. Their commanding officer was killed at Princeton. (Domenick D'Andrea) The Americans had lost two or three dead officers, including LieutenantColonel Caleb Parry, a personal friend of Atlee's, and a small but undetermined number of men. The situation now developed into a stand-off. A two-gun battery under Captain Benajah Carpenter had arrived to support Stirling's line and Grant contented himself with an artillery duel that he pursued with a little too much enthusiasm-he ran through his entire day's supply of ammunition and had to send for more.

As numbers grew on both sides Washington was able to commit more troops to Long Island, which would be a very difficult place to evacuate if the British got the upper hand. Howe's delays therefore served mainly to bring a larger number of rebel soldiers within his reach. Washington was in an agony of indecision, unsure of where the first blow would land. Howe might bypass Long Island totally and land on Manhattan; he might also go still further and pen the entire Main Army in by seizing Kingsbridge and Freebridge, the two land routes off Manhattan.

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