A Barren Place: National Servicemen in Korea, 1950-1954 - Compiled by Adrian WalkerLondon: Leo Cooper, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Maps (1); List of abbreviations; Glossary;
From the cover: “This is the story of British National Servicemen, told in their own words, who, while still in their teens, fought in a now almost forgotten war on the other side of the world — Korea. This was the only time during the Cold War when the forces of major powers representing the two blocs came face to face on a conventional battlefield. Perhaps because of this the conflict was a particularly bloody one, being fought with great savagery in appalling conditions against a ruthless and tenacious enemy.
These conscripts, who constituted rather more than half the British troops involved, were in the thick of the fighting throughout the three years the war lasted. Despite their inexperience and the inadequacy of much of their weaponry and equipment, these young men, together with their Regular comrades, successfully maintained the standards set by their fathers and grandfathers at El Alamein and the Somme.
The author has gathered together the reminiscences of seventeen men from all walks of life, who spent most of their National Service in that ‘Barren Place’. Nearly all of them, surprisingly, say that they benefited from this experience. Their general feeling is that they went out as boys and came back as men and in spite of the hardships they endured, they have no regrets.”