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Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953


Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953

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    Brigadier Brian Parritt(Author)
The North Koreans' attack on their Southern neighbours in 1950 shocked and surprised the World already in the grip of the Cold War. The conflict rapidly escalated with China soon heavily involved on one side and the United Nations on the other. The author, then a young Gunner officer, found himself in the midst of this very nasty war. He describes in vivid detail the horrific conditions faced not just by all elements of the British contingent but also the Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans who fought so well. The reader is given a clear insight of what it was like to be at the infamous Battle of the Hook, where UN troops held off ferocious massed attacks by the numerically superior Chinese. Few outside the war zone realised just how appalling and dangerous conditions were.As a qualified Chinese interpreter and, later, a senior military intelligence officer, the Author is well placed to analyse the causes and implications of the War, the reasons for the Commonwealth becoming involved, the failure of Intelligence and how the bravery of American troops on the ground counter-balanced errors of policy in the conduct of the War. The plight of prisoners-of-war, held with no regard for the Geneva Convention, is also scrutinised. As well as being rare and gripping personal memoir, Chinese Hordes and Human Waves provides a valuable insight into the broader issues surrounding this alltoo- often forgotten conflict.Comments from Korean War Veterans about Chinese Hordes - A most interesting book. Very readable and fascinating""Your book is quite fascinating and very interesting to read""The book certainly brings back many memories and some wonderful anecdotes long forgotten""I did not realize how much I had forgotten. A great read""The book has certainly brought back memories of my time spent in Korea""The book is absolutely superb such a clear explanation of the build up tothe war and the par that Baker Troop played in it. I thoroughly enjoyedreading it.""I hope your book will be compulsory reading for all students of ArmyStrategy""I have just read your excellent book and I must congratulate you on it. It's not often that I find myself reading a book so absorbing that I had to read it from cover to cover almost non-stop! I think yours is the first book about this campaign that I have read that gives due recognition to the presence and use of tanks. You have taught me more about the Korean War than I ever knew certainly while I was there and afterwards as well. I also enjoyed reliving my early days in the army which were so much as you described yours.""Many congratulations on the breadth and depth of your research. I only hopethat you are turning your mind to further erudite works before you begin tolose your marbles""

"A most interesting book. Very readable and fascinating"

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  • Brigadier Brian Parritt(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Military; 1st Edition edition (17 Nov. 2011)
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  • By Tony Reid on 4 August 2017

    A very well delivered account of this tragic war in Korea. Some great battles won against massive forces. Sadly this war at times appears to be a forgotten one.

  • By JeffreyP on 31 August 2017

    A great first hand account of britains "Forgotten War" very detailed.

  • By paulc on 20 December 2011

    Could there be a more opportune time to publish a book on the Korean War 1950-1953. In many ways it is a forgotten war but much of its importance lies in it being the first major conflict fought in the name of the United Nations, which, until then had been little more than a 'talking shop'. Rather like the proverbial football match this a very much a 'book of two halves' with a little bit thrown in during extra time. The first half covers Brian Parritt's experiences as a young gunnery officer who had probably joined the Regular Army with little expectation of going to war.After all, it was only 5 years since the second world war ended.It was also a war where the National Servicemen would play, unwillingly but well, a major role.The second part is an examination by someone who obviously knows his subject seriously well of the war and the part played by the various participants and, not least, an analysis of who might be said to have 'won'Tucked in at the end and least expected is a section on Intelligence a field in which Brian Parritt has been professionally deeply immersed for many years. Most important in this is summary of where interrogation can lead you and the pitfalls that it presents.For those hastening to brush up their knowledge of Kkorea and where the sudeen change of leadership may lead u,s this is an essential read.

  • By Oliver on 20 January 2012

    Book ReviewTitle: Chinese Hordes and Human Waves - a Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953Author: Brigadier Brian Parritt CBEISBN: 9781848846494 Hardback 205pp. At the time of post World War II austerity Britain, and internationally in the grip of the Cold War, North Korea launched a surprise attack on its southern neighbours. This book is a personal account of one young Second Lieutenant who saw considerable action there, was wounded and endured the privations, the horrendous conditions , and the ferocious and fanatical onslaughts of the enemy. He had been sent to the war zone as leader of `Baker Troop' in the Gunners. His story is an account, with illustrations and anecdotes of what the conflict was like, the involvement of a United Nations force, with Commonwealth contingent of British. Canadians,, New Zealanders, Australians and South Africans among the 22 nations under a UN Mandate. Especially poignant and gripping is his description of the actions in the Battle of the Hook - a tract of land jutting out of the 38th Parallel into the north. Clandestine involvements of the Chinese, the Russians and the covert intentions are described in deep and penetratingly shrewd detail. The author became Brigadier Parritt, of the Intelligence Corps, later serving as its Director.. It is clearly evident from his descriptions and assessments of the beliefs and intentions of the belligerents on both sides, the failures and mistakes in interpreting intelligence and his opinions on the causes and consequences of the war, that he is eminent in the arts , sciences and technology of intelligence. In the book there are extraordinarily detailed analyses, of leaders, the political shifting climate and the part that personalities and ideologies play in warfare. This is an eminently readable book, written in a laconic style, without exaggeration and yet gripping in its descriptive contents. Thoroughly recommended as a textbook on the chaos and confusion of war, and how the outcomes are seldom congruent with the intentions.Oliver'

  • By nstjhp on 23 December 2011

    A book in two parts. A very well written and absorbing account of a young officer's first experience of war and an historian's perspective of the events that led to the Korean conflict. Nearly every page seems to contain a truth that leaps out at you.It has certainly increased my knowledge and understanding of this period in our history.

  • By John A on 1 February 2012

    The Korean War has received a surprising lack of coverage given the number of UK/Commonwealth troops involved, and its strategic significance. But in recent years the position has begun to improve, albeit slowly, and this book is an important addition to the genre. The war clearly made a deep impression on the author, and having myself been fortunate enough to visit some of the battlefields in the company of individuals qualified to describe the engagements, I can understand why.The book combines the views of an individual who experienced the war at first hand with the added perspective of the author having gone on to hold a number of very important military intelligence posts. This valuable and possibly unique combination gives him an important added insight into the often tragic errors, but against a backdrop of personal bravery and acts of both individual and collective heroism by so many.Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War 1950-1953

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