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Passing the TestCombat in Korea, April-June 1951$
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William T. Bowers and John T. Greenwood

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134529

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134529.001.0001

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The War before the Communist Spring Offensive of 1951

The War before the Communist Spring Offensive of 1951

(p.1) Chapter 1 The War before the Communist Spring Offensive of 1951
Passing the Test

William T. Bowers

John T. Greenwood

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides context for the chapters that follow. It explains both U.S. and UN strategy and operations and those of the Communist Chinese and North Korean forces, which were preparing what they called the first phase of the Fifth (Spring) Offensive. The chapter then analyses the decision to cross the 38th parallel, China's entrance into the war, and the subsequent offensive begun by the Eighth Army. The chapter explores the effect of the terrain and weather in Korea on the battles and strategy employed by both armies. The chapter details preparations and events leading up to the Spring Offensive.

Keywords:   MacArthur, Eighth Army, terrain, Van Fleet, China

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