Documentary | History | War
I tell you, there’s nothing like a war documentary where the old, hard bastards that fought in it sit and open themselves up – often for the first time. There’s not a whole lot out there on the Korean War, but this documentary will certainly make it real for you.
You listen to these guys and by looking at them, wonder how they could have done the things they are talking about. It baffles the mind. I don’t know how some of them lived, let alone lived to be that old. They are a from a different breed, I suppose.
Anyway, this documentary is specifically about the battle of the Chosin Reservoir where about 20,000 UN troops became surrounded by roughly 120,000 Chinese and N. Koreans after penetrating deep into enemy territory. Then, after a 17-day battle, were then were forced to perform a fighting withdrawal, primarily on foot, for nearly 80 miles to Hungnam harbor – in freezing cold weather. When I say “freezing cold”, I mean it ( as low as −35 °F or −37 °C)…I was up there during a winter a few years ago as I was stationed right on the N. Korean border for a month. The weather from Siberia blows right down through it. From the time they broke out, to the time they reached the harbor, only 5 days had passed. Still, the story of what happened comes from some of the survivors. Real emotional stuff…deadly interesting to me though.
One of the best war documentaries I’ve seen…possiblythe best.