ANy way you look at it, they used poor tactics. It is still a training exercise at Fort Sill. Every time we train on that we start out in the same positions as the UN and Chinese but it never comes out the same twice.
Grant was right. Never give the enemy a break or let him predict your next move.
Here it is from Wikipedia. Sorry, I can't relate modern Army tactics.
The hill, 300 meters (980 ft) high, first was seized by the U.S. 8th Cavalry Regiment in October 1951, again in May 1952 by Item Company of the U.S. 180th Infantry Regiment, then defended by the 21st Thai Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division (United States) in November 1952. Since December 29, 1952, the outpost was part of the 7th Infantry Division's defensive sector. Pork Chop Hill, itself, was one of several exposed hill outposts in front of the Main Line of Resistance (MLR), defended by a single company or platoon positioned in sand-bagged bunkers connected with trenches.
Opposing the 7th Infantry Division were two divisions of the Chinese Communist Forces: the 141st Division of the 47th Army, and the 67th Division of the 23rd Army. These were veteran, well-trained units expert in night infantry assaults, patrolling, ambushes, and mountain warfare. Both armies (Corps-equivalent units) were part of the 13th Field Army commanded by General Deng Hua, who was also deputy commander of Chinese Volunteer Army forces in Korea.
The opposing forces in this sector were roughly equal in size, the 7th Division (Major General Arthur Trudeau, commanding) totaling 11 infantry battalions (including attached battalions from Colombia and Ethiopia), a battalion of armor, and 6 battalions of artillery, while the Chinese forces totaled 12 infantry, 10 artillery, and the equivalent of one tank battalion.
Both the United Nations Command and the Chinese had used military operations to gain leverage or make political statements relevant to the armistice negotiations since early 1952. The first battle on Pork Chop Hill occurred near Operation Little Switch, the exchange of ill and injured prisoners-of-war scheduled for April 20. The Chinese command authorized the April attack to demonstrate that agreement in contentious negotiations did not equal unwillingness to continue fighting, if necessary.
Looks like Rocmike aka American Patriot is starting today's posting marathon off with Mike Dudley. We are in store for the next 16 hours of different aliases repeating the same thing over and over. It will waste its life going to old questions and answers. It will also throw in some anonymous posts. Can't wait to see the aliases Rocmike has chosen today.
Excellent decision, sir. The tactics used by the Army in the 1950's are not those we use today. Terrain dictates much of how a battle is fought but modern warfare and weapons level the field (spoken tongue in cheek).
I think we can use this as a good example in the cost of indecision by a wishy-washy Harry S. Truman.
We got the dynamic leadership we needed in November 1952 with the election of a savvy General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Immediately, life improved for everyone.
Rocmike what is wrong? I have only seen 7 hours of posting under your aliases Terrance Hall, Renner, Anonymous and Dave Palmer. Dave Palmer is still posting and can make up for some lost time of repeating the same crap over and over.