Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea

Oscar E. Gilbert

Date Published :
November 2006
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b/w photos
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ISBN : 9781612005317
Pages : 320
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The outbreak of the Korean conflict caught America (and the Marine Corps) unprepared. The Corps' salvation was the existence of its Organized Reserve (an organization rich in veterans of the fighting in World War II), the availability of modern equipment in storage and, as always, the bravery, initiative, and adaptability of individual Marines.

In this followup to his enormously successful Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific (Combined Publishing, 2000), Oscar Gilbert presents an equally exhaustive and detailed account of the little-known Marine tank engagements in Korea, supported by 48 photographs, eight original maps, and dozens of survivor interviews.

Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea details every action, from the valiant defense at Pusan and the bitter battles of the Chosin Reservoir, to the grinding and bloody stalemate along the Jamestown Line. Many of these stories are presented here for the first time, such as the unique role played by tanks in the destruction of the illfated Task Force Drysdale, how Marine armor played a key role in the defense of Hagaru, and how a lone tank made it to Yudamni and then led the breakout across the high Toktong Pass.

Marine tankers--individually and as an organization--met every challenge posed by this vicious, protracted, and forgotten war. It is a story of bravery and fortitude you will never forget.

About The Author

Oscar E. Gilbert, Ph.D., was a former Marine artilleryman and then worked as a geoscientist. A resident of Texas, his previous published works include the widely acclaimed Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific, Marine Corps Tank Battles in Korea, Marine Corps Tank Battles in the Middle East and Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa. He lives in Texas.



The Unexpected War
The Defense of the Pusan Perimeter
The Inchon and Seoul Operations
The Chosin Reservoir Campaign—Encirclement
The Chosin Reservoir Campaign—Breakout
Offensives and Counteroffensives, 1951-1952
Battles for the Jamestown Line, 1952-1953
Armistice and Withdrawal



"In order to produce this fine book, the author has conducted extensive interviews with participants and consulted archival and published materials. This gives the book an excellent balance between the events as witnessed by the participants and the broader historic, strategic and tactical issues. It also makes for a great reading experience. The text is full of excellent "war stories” and covers a wide variety of combat and non-combat scenarios....You'll not be disappointed. Highly recommended."

- Missing Lynx, December 2016

"Together these books provide the definitive history of the USMC's tank forces…Very highly recommended.”

- Military Modelcraft International

"If you're interested in The Korean War, Tanks, or the US Marine Corps, this is an interesting book on an interesting subject that should give you some hours of entertainment, and remain on hand as a reference for the modeller or historian. Korea has for too long been called the forgotten war, and these USMC tankers probably forgotten more than most. Highly Recommended.”


"An excellent read which fills a gap on my bookshelves. Recommended.”

- Scale Military Modelling International:

"History's stories told in this unusual, veteran' voices format, alongside interesting archive photography leaves a lasting impression of what it might have been like to serve as a marine in this bitter and protracted war.”

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