Michael Dobbs: It is true that there are other commanders who are still alive who can talk about the general problems facing company commanders. I talked to one of them, a Lieut. Lipincott, and he gave me a useful perspective on events.
Michael Dobbs: If you read any detailed history of the Korean War, for example Forgotten War by Clay Blair, you will find that the politicians, particularly Truman, come in for a lot of criticism.
Michael Dobbs: Actually Daily was on the other side of the tunnel, on the flat ground, probably a little closer than you suggest, a couple of hundred yards at most. I did not reach any conclusion about whether there were Communist guerrillas among the refugees on this occasion, although if you look at the site and the circumstances, it would have been suicidal for them to have opened fire first. On other occasions, I agree with you that Communist guerrillas did infiltrate refugee columns. There is no evidence that this happened on this occasion.
Michael Dobbs: As our readers can see, there are many sides to this story, and people hold strong opinions. AS to why I wrote about the filth of Korea, and the "odor" of the N. Korean troops, I was trying to give an account of the war primarily from the perspective of the U.S. GIs, and these are things that struck them and they still remember. I was not concerned about political correctness.
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