Chesty Puller- 1st marine divison surronded?




 
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November 19th, 2009  
Mjayet
 

Topic: Chesty Puller- 1st marine divison surronded?


When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.
Did this really happen? When i try to search this online i dont find anything but this same block of text with slight variations on different websites.
I tried searching here as well but found nothing

Anyone know? is that info all there is about it, or was there a name for this battle?
November 20th, 2009  
SHERMAN
 
 
look for it in wikipedia. there are svveral diffrent versions to what he said, as often there are in these cases(each person there remembers it a little diffrently)
February 22nd, 2010  
AVON
 

Topic: Re: Chesty Puller- 1st marine divison surronded?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Mjayet
When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions.
The US Marines made their great effort at the Chosin Reservoir, Korea. Wikipedia has a nice overview but, if you want more detail, Google "USMC Chosin Reservoir", you will get bunches of hits.
Ref;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Mar...ited_States%29

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mjayet
Did this really happen? When i try to search this online i dont find anything but this same block of text with slight variations on different websites.
Yes, this really happened by the actual figures are off, somewhat.
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April 8th, 2010  
brinktk
 
 
The US Army 3rd Infantry Division fought there as well....just thought I would add that.
December 20th, 2010  
AVON
 

Topic: Re: Chesty Puller- 1st marine divison surronded?


The US Marines comprised the single largest group of ground soldiers but, their were many other troops there. The USMC 1st Marine Div., United States Army 3rd Infantry Div., United States Army 7th Infantry Div., 41 Commando (Royal Marines) plus some UK armor units -in Task Force Drysdale and, South Korea Augmentation Troops -to the United States Army (KATUSA).

The PLA took a beating;
1) 40% of all Chinese forces in Korea were knocked out during the battle and were never replaced. All of them were elite formations. (As indicated in the background and aftermath section)
2) Chinese sources, including official history have described the battle as a massive failure.
3) The success of UN counter-offensive in the spring of 1951 is directly caused by the huge Chinese losses. (Supported by both Chinese and US sources)

Ref;
Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chosin_Reservoir __ "Crippling Losses"

I have checked many websites and they generally have round numbers on unit sizes and casualties (country by country) but, nothing specific.
April 5th, 2011  
RealNavy
 
Here are a couple of quotes of Puller at Chosin.

"We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them."

To his men: "Remember, you are the 1st Marines. Not all the Communists in Hell can overrun you."

Chesty was quite a guy, The Marine's Marine.
April 9th, 2011  
Redleg
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RealNavy
Here are a couple of quotes of Puller at Chosin.

"We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them."

To his men: "Remember, you are the 1st Marines. Not all the Communists in Hell can overrun you."

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You can find a few more good ones from Chesty in here as well.
http://www.military-quotes.com/chesty-puller.htm
April 20th, 2011  
AVON
 

Topic: Re: Chesty Puller- 1st marine divison surronded?


Thank you '03USMC' for the links, the more I read of Chesty Puller the more I admire him.
 


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