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It lost 4000 men, but allowed the rest of the Eighth Army to pull out of the trap. The division was so decimated from this fighting that when the remnants reached safety it was declared combat ineffective. In the east the Chinese threw seven divisions against the 1st Marine Division, strung out along the road to the Chosin Reservoir. The Chinese planned to overrun the Marines and drive to the coast. When this goal was achieved the majority of X Corps would be cut off and then could be defeated in detail.
The landing at Wonson was unopposed; yet, as in any such endeavor, something always goes wrong. The crew ot this LVT help pull a jeep ashore which inadvertently got unloaded in water a little too deep for it. The biggest problem faced at Wonson was a vast array of mines. (US Army) up of the Army and Marines, the 1st Marine Division was withdrawn and shipped by sea to the east coast of Korea, where they landed at the port of Wonsan. Much to the Marines' chagrin, ROK troops had already captured the port and the Leathernecks were forced to wait in the harbor until the port was swept clear of mines.
Note how much higher the Sherman is than the T-34. (US Army) (Bottom) Following the landing at Wonsan the Marines moved overland to the port of Hungnam and set up a base of operations. These Marines use a Weasel to lay telephone wire on the outskirts of Hungnam. (USMC) ^J"*****. As the Marines moved north from Hungnam they captured the town of Hamhung, an important railroad center along the coastal plain. This Leatherneck stands guard over four SU-76s left behind by the retreating North Koreans.