S. P. MacKenzie is Caroline McKissick Dial Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and author of The Second World War in Europe; Bader's War; The Battle of Britain on Screen; British War Films, 1939-1945; The Colditz Myth; Revolutionary Armies in the Modern Era; The Home Guard; and Politics and Military Morale.
In Korea, on the night of 22nd April 1951, communist forces unleashed what remains, to this day, their greatest offensive since Zhukov s storm on Berlin. In the desperate fighting that followed, the key flanks of free world forces were held by one British and one Commonwealth brigade. The former took on a Chinese army; the latter, a Chinese division. Six decades later, an American historian has dismantled the barriers between Australian, British, Canadian, and New Zealand accounts of those whirlwind days to compose the only comparative analysis of the tragedy on the Imjin and the stand at Kapyong. While not neglecting grand strategy, S. P. MacKenzie is at his best at ground zero: his pages capture, for veterans and their descendants, vivid glimpses of the close-range, midnight combat against China's 'human wave' in full flood. I write with admiration for MacKenzie s research and in agreement with his conclusions. Andrew Salmon, author of Scorched Earth, Black Snow: Britain and Australia in the Korean War, 1950--Andrew Salmon, author of Scorched Earth, Black Snow: Britain and Australia in the Korean War, 1950