first published on December 22, 2018 by Josh
We aren’t going to type out the full story of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir here on our blog. Simply put, a singular blog post about the battle would not do it justice. There have been a myriad of books and feature length documentaries created about this singular battle, and even those struggle to really catch the full image of this deadly battle between world super powers. Instead of trying, and absolutely failing, we’re going to recommend a few documentaries and books, while leaving you with a feature length documentary that you can watch if you have the time.
The Last Stand of Fox Company is the first book we’ll recommend that everyone with an interest in this topic check out. It’s the story of a singular Marine rifle company that was tasked with holding key terrain during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Captain William Barber and the 234 Marines of Fox Company courageously hold Fox Hill against an onslaught of Chinese forces that continuously attack their position wounding, capturing, or killing over 3/4s of the already undermanned rifle company. The fate of the entire breakout hinges on the success of the Marines holding this position.
On Desperate Ground The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle is the second book we’re going to recommend, and with good reason. This is one of the greatest books to come out about the overall picture of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The story itself is the result of years of archived research, declassified documents, unpublished letters, and interviews with Marines and Koreans who survived the conflict. It paints a larger picture of the conflict, and will give you a stronger understanding of the scope and scale that this battle truly held in the Korean War.
American Experience: The Battle of Chosin is a PBS documentary film that you can view on Netflix as of December 22, 2018. It boasts over 20 interviews with Marines who survived the battle itself. Each interview goes in depth describing the living and battle conditions the Marines faced on a day-to-day basis as they fought to survive the initial battle and subsequent breakout. This is a quick one, at only an hour long, that is well worth your time.
Last, we’re going to recommend that everyone with an interest in the Battle of Chosin give the feature length documentary film below a watch as well. If you don’t have the time to sit through the full video right now, be sure to add it to your watch later list so you can view it at a later date when it is more convenient.