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History of United States Naval Operations: Korea (Naval History and Heritage Command)

History of United States Naval Operations: Korea (Naval History and Heritage Command) – https://web.archive.org/web/20140220101129/http://www.history.navy.mil/books/field/index.htm

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How far did allied forces go into North Korea before turning back?
  • What was the composition of the 7th fleet in 1950? Who were the leaders of the fleet?
  • What forces were used in the evacuation of Hungnam?


From the introduction:

For these reasons, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, the Naval Historical Center decided to make available once again James A. Field’s comprehensive history, History of United States Naval Operations: Korea, first released in 1962 but no longer in print. No work published to date contains as much detail on U.S. naval operations during the conflict. Based on a wealth of primary source material, including previously classified action reports, staff studies, official correspondence, message traffic, and personal observations, the Field book should be the starting point for anyone wishing to investigate the naval conduct of the Korean War.

To improve the history for today’s readers, the tables have been updated by adding ship hull numbers, supplying the full names of officers, and providing the meaning of abbreviations. The maps accompanying the text can be enlarged and printed full size by clicking on them. Images from the web site’s Online Library of Photographic Images have been added and linked to other related photographs of the Korean War.

The search engine for the Center’s web site provides full indexing of the text and tables, and will also help the reader locate related information on the web site.

Most of the work is arranged chronologically, with the exception of Chapter 11, “Problems of a policeman,” which reviews difficulties faced throughout the war.

In addition to the main text, this online book offers a list of maps and tables, plus a note on sources used and a glossary of naval abbreviations. The main purpose of this work will be background for stories set in this era.


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