This Day In History, November 24th, 2020 – “To The Yalu”

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(Chinese Communist Soldiers taken prisoner by UN Forces in Korea even as military intelligence denied the Chinese had entered Korea. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.)

It was just 70 years ago today, November 24, 1950, when UN Forces in Korea under the Command of General Douglas MacArthur launched their final offensive to end the War and have the Soldiers home, at least back in Japan, by Christmas. The U.S. 8th Army under the command of General Walker advanced across the Chongchon River in western Korea towards the Yalu River and the Chinese border, while in eastern Korea the X Corps under the command of General Almond also moved north with U.S. Marines reaching the Chosin Reservoir and the 7th Division, which was already on the Yalu.

Separating these two American forces were the Taebaek Mountains, tall and rugged, they run down the length of the Korean peninsula, splitting the east from the west. A thin line of South Korean Soldiers stretched across these mountains, maintaining contact between the U.S. 8th Army and the X Corps. And still, even after short firefights and Chinese Soldiers being taken prisoner, Military Intelligence continued to deny that Communist Chinese Forces, CCF, were in North Korea. Even General MacArthur, after meeting with his Generals in the field would have a look for himself, having the Airplane taking him and his staff back to their Headquarters in Tokyo fly along the length of the Yalu River to see any signs of a Chinese Army.

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