Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War Page: 7
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Millett's work on the battle is part of the background in Many a Strife, his
biography of General Gerald C. Thomas, the 1st Mar Div commander for most of 1951.
And in The Drive North, the battle is covered in a brief narrative and general analysis.
The Drive North is a commemorative monograph of the Korean War's fiftieth
anniversary and briefly details the campaigns of the 1st Mar Div from May 1951 through
the end of the year. This work is well done, but it has neither the space nor the purpose
to give a definitive, complete, detailed narrative and in-depth analysis of this battle. Its
purpose was to survey and describe a broad period of 1st Mar Div activity in Korea as a
whole and not focus on one part of that period. No in-depth study of this battle and its
individual significance has yet been done.
The official sources are often litanies of dry and "lifeless" facts. For that reason,
details that bring the Marine's experience on those bloody Korean hills to life beyond the
bare recitation of facts on the page are provided throughout from memoirs or oral
interviews of veterans who were there.
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Montandon, Joshua W. Battle for the Punchbowl: The U. S. 1st Marine Division 1951 Fall Offensive of the Korean War, thesis, August 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3938/m1/22/: accessed March 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .