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William T. Bowers

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125640

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125640.001.0001

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Operation Swing—The Thrust North and the “Swing

Operation Swing—The Thrust North and the “Swing

23d Infantry Regiment, 4–14 April 1951

(p.263) Chapter 10 Operation Swing—The Thrust North and the “Swing
Striking Back

William T. Bowers

University Press of Kentucky

While the 3d Battalion pushed east along the road paralleling the Soyang River and the 1st Battalion guarded the rear and right flank, the French Battalion on the left and the 2d Battalion in the center moved north toward the Hwach'on Reservoir. The thrust to the north initially met some opposition, but it soon appeared to promise better results than the 3d Battalion's attacks along the Soyang River. The move by the Members of the 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment into position to relieve the Marines and their initial contact with the enemy is shown. The 2d Battalion's plan and operations for 7 April is also described. Late on 7 April, the French Battalion was concentrated around Hill 882 while the 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry, was at Muran-ni, with Company G holding Hill 708 to the north. Extensive ground and air reconnaissance, and interrogations of prisoners and civilians indicated few enemy forces to the immediate north of the 2d and French Battalions. The Operation Swing by 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry is addressed as well. It then discusses how Lieutenant Colonel Richardson's battalion initially bypassed the “Rock of Gibraltar”.

Keywords:   Operation Swing, Soyang River, Hwach'on Reservoir, 23d Infantry Regiment, French Battalion, 2d Battalion, Rock of Gibraltar

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