The British Part in the Korean War - Anthony Farrar-HockleyLondon: HMSO, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrappers. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrappers of both volumes with a nick to the foot of volume 2.
Complete in 2 Volumes: Volume I: A Distant Obligation; Volume II: An Honourable Discharge; Includes: Schematics; Black & white photographs; Maps (some colour); Fold-out maps; List of sources; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Folding Tables; Folding map frontispiece; Appendices (16/14);
From the cover: “Volume I: The Korean War began in the summer of 1950 and continued until 1953, having involved 60,000 members of the British armed forces. Struggling to rebuild the national economy after the end of the Second World War, and committed to contributing substantial military forces to NATO, the British Government nevertheless took a leading part with America in condemning the invasion of South Korea as aggression, and in rallying the United Nations to intervene. In the words of Mr Attlee, Prime Minister at the outset, it was a distant obligation.
In this first volume of two, General Farrar-Hockley sets out the circumstances whereby Korea became first divided and then a battleground, in which the United Kingdom played an important part politically and militarily. He traces the British Government’s reluctant partnership with the United States in seeking a settlement in Korea between 1945 and 1948 and the reasons which prompted Attlee and Bevin to support the United States and United Nations intervention when North Korea attacked the South in 1950. He considers the relationship of these events to Russian expansionism, and to NATO. The account of military operations is interwoven with political events in the United Nations, with the United States, Commonwealth members and others. How much influence Britain had is weighed, for example, in Attlee’s discussions with President Truman concerning possible use of atomic weapons. The volume ends at the nadir of United Nations’ fortunes in January, 1951. A second and final volume will cover the remainder of the war.
With the benefit of access to all the documents, released and withheld, the author demonstrates the problems of the Departments of State in providing the necessary money, manpower and materials when there were many other military and civil calls upon them. The events of the war are brought to life as views of many of the individuals concerned were recorded at the time, or in subsequent recollections.
Volume II: In this volume, General Farrar-Hockley completes the account of Britain’s part in the Korean War. From January 1951, when the United Nations’ forces seemed about to be overwhelmed by the Chinese Communist Forces, to the armistice in the summer of 1953, he describes the ebb and flow of fortunes on the battlefield and the parallel, sometimes consequential, political activities in the pursuit of a settlement. The involvement of Stalin and the Soviet Union in the War is manifested from evidence unearthed in the Moscow archives. The battles on the Imjin River and at Kap’yong, in which British and Commonwealth troops defeated the Chinese Spring offensive in 1951, are described comprehensively for the first time. The military picture embraces the burdens and adventures of the Royal and Commonwealth Navies on the Korean west coast, and of the 1st Commonwealth Division ashore in a semi-static line.
As another novel feature, the author describes the mistreatment and manipulation by the Chinese and North Korean authorities of the prisoners they held, and those confined by the United Nations. His assessment draws upon the evidence of numerous victims of this operation.
As previously, General Farrar-Hockley has had access to all the British documents, released and withheld. Inter alia, he presents the story within the framework of policy adopted by the successive governments of Mr Attlee and Mr Churchill.”
Size: 10" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Official Histories series. (xxii/xx) 512/534 pages.