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jonathan schleyer
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I recently acquired this game on Ebay and was curious about any recommendations about getting up to speed on the history of this lesser known war.
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The series by Lt. Col Roy Appelman are unsurpassed for an operational treatment on the war.

South to Naktong North to the Yalu
Disaster in Korea
Escaping the Trap
Ridgway Duels for Korea

If you want a more general history in one large volume I'd suggest
The Forgotten War by Clay Blair
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I like Korean War by Max Hastings

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/korean-war/978067...

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I think the trilogy by Edwin Hoyt is excellent.
The Pusan Perimeter
On to the Yalu
The Bloody Road to Panmonjon

Really deals effectively with the initial North Korean surprise attack. The UN counter offensive and the stalemate.
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This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History - Fiftieth Anniversary
by T.R. Fehrenbach.


After reading this book it really opened my eyes and made the game more understandable, especially the June 1950- May 1951 period. To me Chapter 25, "Proud Legions", was one of the most eye opening chapters I have ever read on any war, this chapter alone speaks volumes on the early part of the conflict.
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My personal favorite: "The Forgotten War" by Clay Blair.
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The Blair book is good but I would also recommend In Mortal Combat by Toland.
 
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American Caesar has an excellent section on Korea which gives an overview and focuses on MacArthur and the politics of the war.
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You could just watch M.A.S.H.
 
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For an in-depth look at a widely misunderstood and tragic incident involving an intermediate sized unit (the under strength 31st Regimental Combat Team) try "East of Chosin" by Roy Appleman.

Reading this will likely a) almost leave you in tears and definitely b) give you an appreciation for being an infantryman.
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