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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 Push to the East

Operation Swing—The Push to the East

23d Infantry Regiment, 4–8 April 1951

(p.220) Chapter 9 Operation Swing—The Push to the East
Striking Back

William T. Bowers

University Press of Kentucky

The advance to Line Kansas, scheduled to begin 3 April, was named Operation Rugged; the subsequent limited movement toward the Iron Triangle was designated Operation Dauntless. The 2d Division's 23d Infantry Regimental Combat Team (RCT) played a key role in the ensuing operations. Because of the lack of roads in the new area of operations, engineer teams were dispatched to find routes that could be improved for movement and supply. Although the engineers were unsuccessful in locating trails that could be improved for vehicular movement, there was one existing road that followed the Soyang River from Ch'unch'on through Naep'yong-ni. However, there were problems with this road. The chapter discusses the relief of the marines and the initial attack of 3d Battalion, 23d Infantry. Orders from the 23d Infantry Regiment called for continuing attacks to clear the high ground to the left of the Soyang River road. It also describes the “Rock of Gibraltar”. Overcoming the North Korean fortifications atop the “Rock of Gibraltar” and the surrounding high ground would require something more than a direct assault.

Keywords:   23d Infantry Regimental Combat Team, Operation Rugged, Operation Dauntless, Soyang River, Ch'unch'on, Rock of Gibraltar

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