One Man's War in Korea - Lofty LargeLondon: William Kimber, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Glossary;
From the cover: “On 22 April 1951 the Chinese attacked in force across the Imjin river in Korea, with forces vastly superior to the British both in numbers and in small arms. By that time the UN forces had again succeeded in pushing the Communist forces back almost to the 38th Parallel which they had crossed to invade South Korea the previous year. Now the Chinese were seriously impeded in their offensive by the tenacious fighting of the British. The Gloucesters were one battalion of the 29th Independent Infantry Brigade, and were holding a series of hills, one of which has gone down in history as Gloster Hill.
One of the many casualties of ‘B’ Company was Lofty Large, not quite 21 years old. Severely wounded, he was taken on the long march to Chongsung, a POW camp run by the Chinese, where he remained for two years before being repatriated.
In this vivid, colourful book he tells the story of his early army career with the Infantry, of the fighting in Korea, and of his years in the POW camp, through the eyes of a trog (private soldier) with an unfaltering pride in the British army, though not always in its leaders. He writes of how they went into battle in battle-dress, including shirt and tie, of the horrifically wrong information they were given on the enemies they were to face, of the appalling day to day conditions of prison camp life, of their relationship with the Communist guards, of the indoctrination attempts, and of how the British trog faced up to his situation.
In his first best-selling book, One Man’s SAS, Lofty Large told the story of his SAS career. This new book shows what turned him into an SAS soldier, the raw determination to survive and to overcome his medical disabilities after his ordeal in order to fight again.”