The Marines – Chosin Reservoir

Marines at Chosin Resevoir in Korea
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Historical Video of Marines at the Chosin Reservoir

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign or the Battle of Lake Changjin (November 27-December 13 1950), part of the Chinese Second Offensive, was one of the most important battles in the Korean War. The name “Chosin” is derived from the Japanese pronunciation “Chōshin”, instead of the Korean pronunciation. The campaign was directed mainly against the 1st Marine Division of the U.S. X Corps. The campaign was partially successful as it did for the entire X Corps out of North Korea and back into the South, however, the Chinese did not achieve their particular objective of isolating and destroying the 1st Marine Division. Instead, in a deliberate retrograde movement that has become one of the most-storied exploits in Marine Corps lore, the Marines turned and fought their way down a narrow vulnerable road through several mountain passes and a bridged chasm until they reached transport ships waiting at the coast.

Marines are taught in boot camp about the ‘Frozen Chosin’ and stories about many of the Marines that survived.

Here is some great RAW video of the Marines at the Chosin Reservoir. If you are a Marine or a historian, then this is a video that you will likely want to watch.


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