70 years ago in freezing North Korea, China crushed US hopes of a war victory
Americans would not be spending Christmas in the States as planned, but in Korea fighting the cold and the Communists
Frozen and bloodied, U.N. forces cursed the “Chinese Communist hordes” as they trudged back south from the Yalu River. They had thought they would be home by Christmas, but the fighting would continue for another two-and-a-half years.This week marks 70 years since China’s entry into the Korean War. Beijing’s intervention was decisive: Chinese “volunteers” saved Kim Il Sung’s North Korea from becoming a mere footnote in the history books.But the history books also overlook just how much those fighting the war anticipated an imminent end — and the despair they felt when it didn’t.