By William Clark Latham
Prisoners endure in each clash, yet American servicemen captured through the Korean warfare confronted a special ordeal. Like prisoners in different wars, those males continued harsh stipulations and brutal mistreatment by the hands in their captors.
In Korea, although, they confronted whatever new: a planned enemy application of indoctrination and coercion designed to govern them for propaganda reasons. so much americans rejected their captors’ promise of a Marxist paradise, but after the stop hearth in 1953, American prisoners got here domestic to stand a moment wave of assaults. Exploiting renowned American fears of communist infiltration, critics portrayed the returning prisoners as weak-willed pawns who have been “brainwashed” into betraying their country.
The fact used to be way more advanced. Following the North Korean attack at the Republic of Korea in June of 1950, the invaders captured greater than 1000 American squaddies and brutally carried out 1000's extra. American prisoners who survived their preliminary moments of captivity confronted months of forget, hunger, and brutal therapy as their captors marched them north towards criminal camps within the Yalu River Valley.
Counterattacks via United countries forces quickly drove the North Koreans again around the thirty eighth Parallel, however the unforeseen intervention of Communist chinese language forces in November of 1950 ended in the trap of numerous thousand extra American prisoners. Neither the North Koreans nor their chinese language allies have been ready to accommodate or feed the hundreds of thousands of prisoners of their custody, and half the american citizens captured that wintry weather perished for loss of nutrients, shield, and drugs. next communist efforts to indoctrinate and coerce propaganda statements from their prisoners sowed suspicion and doubt between those that survived.
Relying on memoirs, trial transcripts, debriefings, declassified govt experiences, released research, and media assurance, plus conversations, interviews, and correspondence with numerous dozen former prisoners, William Clark Latham Jr. seeks to right misperceptions that also linger, six many years after the prisoners got here domestic. via cautious learn and reliable historic narrative, Cold Days in Hell presents an in depth account in their captivity and provides priceless insights into an ongoing factor: the behavior of prisoners within the fingers of enemy captors and the principles that are meant to govern their treatment.
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Cold Days in Hell: American POWs in Korea (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) by William Clark Latham