1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 28–30 January 1951
The I and IX Corps on the west moved forward from their Line D positions when they were in search of the Chinese while the X Corps took on the North Korean forces at the center. As reconnaissance forces were not able to locate enemy concentrations near Line D, I and IX Corps initiated Operation Thunderbolt in January 25 across the front of both corps. As IX Corps went on to the west, X corps had to maintain contact. IX Corps experienced strong resistance as the 1st Cavalry Division's 8th Cavalry Regiment moved to Yangji-i from Paegam-ni. The Chinese were surprised by how the 5th Cavalry Regiment passed through the 8th to Kumnyangjang-ni, and the 5th then shifted north towards the road to Kyongan-ni. Near Hill 312, the 5th Cavalry Regiment's 1st Battalion encountered the enemy forces. This chapter illustrates how Major Gibson interpreted the battalion's encounter.
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