Saturday, March 10, 2007

11 Mar 1951 -- US troops driving against 19-mile Red fortified line

Page 1, Waterloo Sunday Courier

Three US divisions today pushed close to a Chinese Red fortified line, 19 miles long and five miles deep, defending the key enemy position in central Korea.

The Communists rushed in reserves to replace losses of 30,000 in four days.

The enemy defense line extended from a mountainous area south of Hongchon, a Red army headquarters, west for 19 miles to the Pukhan [?] River.

The US First marine division, moving methodically over ridges within eight m iles of Hongchon, rammed for the first time into the Chinese 298th [?] division

Officers said this was the only reserve division of the Chinese 66th [?] army which has headquarters at Hongchon. Its other two divisions already were in the line.



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