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To The Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951

To The Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951

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By (author) Andrew Salmon

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  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 32mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 9 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845135334
  • ISBN 13: 9781845135331
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations map.,
  • Sales rank: 95,309

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NEW PAPERBACK EDITION 'Salmon's vivid use of recollections and dramatic quotes brings alive an unjustly forgotten conflict' Time Out With even World War II now just on the edges of living memory, and with British forces now engaged in a lengthy, brutal and attritional old-fashioned war in Afghanistan, historical attention is starting to turn to the Korean War of the early 1950s. And remarkably, the most notorious and celebrated battle in that conflict, from a British point of view, has never previously been written about at length. Andrew Salmon's book, which has garnered excellent reviews and sold out two hardback printings already, has filled that gap. This is the story of the Battle of the Imjin River, when the British 29th Infantry Brigade, and above all the "Glorious Glosters" of the Gloster Regiment, fought an epic last stand against the largest communist offensive of the war. It lasted three days, of bitter hand-to-hand combat. By the end of it one battalion of the Glosters - some 750 men - had been reduced to just 50 survivors. Andrew Salmon's definitive history, which gained excellent reviews in hardback and sold very steadily, is very much in the Antony Beevor mould: accessible, pacy, narrative, and painting a moving and exciting picture through the extensive use of eyewitness accounts of veterans, of whom he has tracked down and interviewed dozens. Andrew Salmon is a Seoul-based journalist who writes for The Times, The Washington Times, and Forbes magazine. He first became fascinated by the battle in 2001 when he met British veterans returning to the Imjin River to mark the 50th anniversary.

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Journalist Andrew Salmon covers the Koreas for Forbes, The South China Morning Post, The Times and The Washington Times. Educated at Elizabeth College Guernsey, the University of Kent and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, he is the author of business history American Business and the Korean Miracle and two books about the Korean War. The first, To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951, was the unanimous winner of the Hampshire Libraries/Osprey Publishing 'Best Military Book of 2009' award. In 2010, he was honoured at Seoul's National Assembly with a 'Korean Wave' award for his contribution to the literature of the Korean War. He lives in Seoul with wife Ji-young and daughter Hannah.

Customer reviews

By Denis Crowley 11 Aug 2012 5

I really enjoyed this book.

It was thought provoking, vivid, honest and well researched.
The author unusually for a lot of military history gave a follow up on the lives of the combatants.
It is a book to be read slowly and a book I will reread at a future date.
A superb book on a war that deserves more research.

I highly recommend this book.