At the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean Conflict, Marine Colonel (later Lt. General) Chesty Puller told his men “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him.
We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”
We’re surrounded too and that may simplify things for us as well.
English: Chesty puller
Chesty puller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Colonel Puller’s First Battalion of the First Marine Division, along with many thousands of other allied troops sent deep into North Korea to chase the North Korean forces to and across the Chinese border, had been placed in a nearly impossible situation. General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Allied Commander, relying only on the information he wanted to hear, had discounted the possibility of Chinese intervention. He had discouraged the development and submission of intelligence on its increasing likelihood. The information was available. However, since he didn’t want it, providing it would have been the path away from rather than toward promotion and he did not get it.
He had [already] been warned by Truman many times, and now received notification that he was to obtain authorization from Washington prior to taking any military action against objectives in Chinese territory. MacArthur’s military plan was to proceed……….