Dark Days of the Korean War Recounted in Chosin
This year marks the 60th anniversary of North Koreas invasion of South Korea, an event that caught the United States and its Allies off guard. Although the U.S. ultimately prevailed over the Soviet backed North Koreans and their Chinese allies, the first year in this three year war was something of a death march for American soldiers, particularly in the brutal Chosin Reservoir Campaign. In this superb documentary, first-time filmmaker Brian Iglesias and co-producer Anton Sattler, both recently retired Marines and Iraq War vets, ask a handful of American soldiers to relate the war stories no historian has ever asked them to tellof being surrounded, literally, by unrelenting Chinese soldiers in a mountainous terrain with temperatures 20-degrees below zero; of having to play dead atop a heaped pile of slain comrades; of having to use the slain body of a buddy as a sandbag when bullets fly; and, in one astonishing tale, of being wounded and immobile inside a truck thats being set ablaze by the enemy. Miraculous, cinematically dramatic escapes abound in these stories, but theres no triumph in the eyes of the tellersonly guilt, remorse, and pain. For these men, 60 years ago might as well be yesterday.
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