Thursday, April 17, 2014


This is your chance to be very interactive with the blog, as being a new Korean War student, I am asking for your suggestions for the various resources that you find useful.  These resources can be websites, books, movies...whatever you find to be good material on the Korean War.  Leave your suggestions in the comments and I will add them accordingly.


Overall Studies

Formidable Enemies - Kevin Mahoney
Korean War Almanac - Harry Summers
The Korean War (Korea Insitute of Military History)
The War for Korea - The House Burning (1945-1950) - Allan Millet
The War for Korea - They Came From the North (1950-1951) - Allan Millet
United States Army Official Histories

Battle Studies

Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950 - Martin Russ
Colder Than Hell - Joseph R. Owen
Fire Brigade: U.S. Marines in the Pusan Perimeter - John C. Chapin
Into the Breach at Pusan - Kenneth Estes
Marine Tank Battles in Korea - Oscar Gilbert
The Last Stand of Fox Company - Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Air War

Combat Over Korea - Philip Chinnery
F-86 Sabre Aces of the 4th Fighter Wing - Warren Thompson
F-86 Sabre Aces of the 51st Fighter Wing - Warren Thompson
F-86 Sabre vs. MiG-15 - Dildy & Thompson
F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War - Warren Thompson
F9F Panther/Cougar in Action - Jim Sullivan
Famous Aircraft: The F-86 Sabre - R.J. Childerhose
Korean War Aces - Dorr, Lake, & Thompson
North American F-86A-L Sabre in USAF and Foreign Service - McDowell & Ward
Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War - Krylov & Tepsurkaev
USN/USMC Over Korea - Thomas E. Doll
The United States Air Force in Korea - Robert F. Futrell


Commentary on Infantry Operations and Weapons Usage in Korea - Winter of 1950-51
Korean War Gallery - National Museum of the United States Air Force
Korean War Project


  1. Wow, what an amazing list! I had a copy of Hammel's Chosin years ago. I did enjoy reading it, but you are correct, it is filled with Marine bravado, maybe justifiably so, maybe not. But it was a good read even if there are factual holes.

    The official histories (the famous green books of World War Two) I had completely forgotten about. Thanks for the reminder!

    There are many books you have mentioned that I have not heard of, so off to Amazon to add to the wishlist.

    I've added most what you have mentioned above, except what you consider to be the worst. I'll have to do some searching on the Korean official history.

  2. I see you have The Last Stand of Fox Company. That was an amazing story, and great book. Another book to recommend would be Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950, by Martin Russ. It has been quite a while since I have read it, but it was good. I still remember reading his book Line of Departure: Tarawa, and how much that book made an impression on me.

    1. I'll have to check into that title, USMC...I think I had it years ago, and I know I have seen it numerous times in various bookstores over the years. I also ran across a copy of East of Chosin by Appleman, but didn't pick it up as my focus seems to be Marine driven.


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