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From the Imjin to the Hook: A National Service Gunner in the Kore

From the Imjin to the Hook: A National Service Gunner in the Korean War - Jim Jacobs

Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2013, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. A hint of age-toning to the top edge of the text block, a decent copy otherwise.

Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; List of sources; Roll of honour; Glossary; Appendices (5);

From the cover: “The British Army’s considerable contribution to The Korean War 1950 — 1953 was largely composed of national servicemen. Plucked from civilian life on a ‘lottery’ basis and given basic military training, some ‘conscripts’ like the Author volunteered for overseas duty and suddenly found themselves in the thick of a war as intensive and dangerous as anything the Second World War had had to offer.

As a member of 170 Independent Mortar Battery RA from March 1951 to June 1952, Jim was in the frontline at the famous Battle of the Imjin River. By great luck he evaded capture and death; many of his comrades were not so fortunate. At the end of his ‘stint’ he returned to the UK only to volunteer again a few months later for a second tour with 120 Light Battery from March 1953 to March 1954. During this period he was in the thick of the action at the Third Battle of the Hook during May 1953. Very possibly he was the only National Serviceman to fight in both these battles.

In this delightful and modest gripping war memoir, Jim calmly and graphically recounts his experiences and emotions from joining the Army through training, the journeys by troopship and, most importantly, in the atrocious and terrifying war fighting that went on in an utterly foreign place. From the Imjin to The Hook is a unique account of very active service from a conscript’s viewpoint.”


Jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. (xiii) 210 pages.
£12.50
From the Imjin to the Hook: A National Service Gunner in the Kore