I don’t know about you but when it’s hot I like to read or watch things about the cold. Seems to sub consciously cool me down. So lets take a look a frosty battle from 1951, The battle of Chipyong-Ni.
Taking place from 13–15 February 1951 between US and French units of the US 23rd Infantry Regiment and various units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army (PVA). The battle, along with the simultaneous Third Battle of Wonju, has been called “the Gettysburg of the Korean War,” and represents the “high-water mark” of the Chinese invasion of South Korea.
There are some pretty cool photos from just after or before this battle. The mix of gear is pretty interesting. M1941 field jackets still in use and even M1903s. And the colonel had full winter combat set. I’ll do a second post with more photos.
Naturally I forgot to include my sleeping bag liner and shoepacs. There’s always something.
Apparently the M1951 pile caps made it to the field rather early and before the rest of the the M1951 system. Almost all the gear here is WWII vintage.
Shoepacs are the name of the game here. Almost everyone has them on. The Vapor barrier “Mickey Mouse” wouldn’t be available until the end of the year.