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Pluck Under Fire: My Korean War Experiences with the Middlesex Regiment 1950/51


Pluck Under Fire: My Korean War Experiences with the Middlesex Regiment 1950/51

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    Available in PDF Format | Pluck Under Fire: My Korean War Experiences with the Middlesex Regiment 1950/51.pdf | English
    John Pluck(Author)
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In September 1950, at 23 years of age, Corporal John Pluck was one of the most highly battle-trained soldiers in the British Army. He had, however, no experience of being 'under fire' in any war, large or small, and had yet to hear a shot fired in anger.

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  • PDF | 242 pages
  • John Pluck(Author)
  • Woodfield Publishing (1 Dec. 2001)
  • English
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  • By L. J. Vial on 14 October 2011

    In August 1950 the 1st Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment (DCO), together with the 1st Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were rushed from garrison duties in Hong Kong to join the United Nation forces attempting to stop the invasion of South Korea by the communist North.At the time the battalion consisted of 600 soldiers the vast majority being National Servicemen aged just 18 or so. Although commanded by a Normandy veteran - Lt. Col. A. M. Mans DSO, OBE, many officers were as young and inexperienced as their charges and the battalion as a whole was ill-equipped for an arduous winter campaign. Despite this inauspicious start it fought continuously until relieved in May 1951 with both courage and distinction. The battalion was awarded more battle honours than any other unit during the Korean War - a total of seven. Forty members of 1st Middlesex were killed in action or died of wounds.The author writes scathingly about the officers and men he served with from the perspective that he was some sort of ninja and that he was surrounded by amateur soldiers, cowards and fools. This odious book is a unfair slur on a fine infantry battalion and angered a great many former members of the battalion when it was first published.

  • By Mrs. E. Jelley on 4 April 2014

    my husbands father was in the korean war, so he wanted to know some more about it.found it interesting

  • By Eileen on 27 July 2013

    This was a present for a friend, and as yet I have had no feed back about this bok from them

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