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Colder than Hell by Joseph R. Owen

Colder than Hell

A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir

by Joseph R. Owen

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
9 Hrs.
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Joe Owen tells it like it was in this evocative story of a marine rifle company in the uncertain, early days of the Korean War. His powerful description of close combat in the snow-covered mountains of the Chosin Reservoir and of the survival spirit of his Marines provide a gritty real-life view of frontline warfare.

As a lieutenant who was with them from first muster in California, Owen was in a unique position to see the hastily assembled mix of some 200 regulars and raw reservists harden into a superb Marine rifle company. The action and narrative move fast as the company learns to fight under enemy fire, eat frozen rations, and keep pushing forward when its wounded and dead go down.

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My piece of history
Reviewer Electralia
 May 30, 2011
To start with, the whole book is rapturing. An engrossing tale of the trials that our brave soldiers endured. A must read on a technical and historical level.

On a more personal note it touched me past the point of tears... My grandfather, Kenneth Harty, was one of the few survivors of this ordeal with the author. He died when I was young and I never knew until I was older what he went through, but I was never given any details. This book gave me what I yearned to know and made me feel that much closer to him. It was something I needed, and I can't thank the author enough for it.

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  • Published: 1998
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: C001249
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