When the Communist Chinese threw 270,000 troops into the Korean War,
numerous U.N. divisions were overrun. Eight Chinese
divisions engaged the 1st Marine Division. In the face of "General
Winter" and overwhelming numerical superiority, the division concentrated
promptly, rescued and evacuated surviving remnants of adjacent, less
ready Army formations, and commenced one of the greatest marches of
American history, from Chosin Reservoir to the sea.|
Sixteen days later, having brought down its dead, saved its equipment, and rescued three Army battalions, the 1st Marine Division - supported by the 1st Marine Wing - reached the sea with high morale and in fighting order. The division had shattered the Chinese Communist Forces 9th Army Group, killed at least 25,000 Chinese, and wounded more than 12,500.
[Brigadier General Chesty Puller]
We're attacking in a different direction!
[Major General Oliver Smith]