Army truck at base of hill on the back side of the Korean War front
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- Spring/Summer 1952 or 1953
This image depicts the back side of the front. A number of bunkers are shown, and an Army truck is at the base of the hill. One of the structures may be a medic area. Partially visible are caves, rock reinforcement of the area, and a road up to the hill to supply soldiers on the front in the bunkers. There may be a man standing on top of the hill in this image.
The main line of resistance (MLR) is defined as the line or zone of contact with the enemy; it is also referred to as the front or front lines. In the Korean War, the area known as no man's land separated the fronts of the two sides. It was heavily mined and contained trip flares to alert military forces to enemy penetration. The front lines largely stabilized north of Seoul in 1951, and the final two years of the Korean War (1952/1953) represented a static ground phase characterized by battles for hills and outposts along the MLR. A combat engineer seeks to advance his dual mission of keeping armies moving to attack, and impeding the enemy. In the Korean War, combat engineer units rotated toward the front, often attached to combat infantry regiments to provide support. Brock's Company D of the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, though attached to the 72nd Tank Battalion, possessed more mobility than other companies of the 2nd Engineers. Squads from Company D made up of ten to twelve men were generally sent out from base camp on location to tackle necessary construction, repair, and demolition assignments. When near the front, however, the company, like the rest of the 2nd Engineers, remained on call twenty-four hours a day. During this time, these soldiers often labored all day on engineer projects and at night were called to the front lines when the enemy tried to break through. Brock experienced the fiercest fighting as a combat infantryman and in conjunction with his engineer work in the Hook sector of the MLR near the Samichon River. This would have been the time of the bloody last battle of the Hook in July of 1953.
- Brock, David Franklin, 1931
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- Korean War, 1950 - 1953
Korean War, 1950 - 1953 -- United States
Korean War, 1950 - 1953 -- Battlefields
Korean War, 1950 - 1953 -- Medical care
Medical aspects of war
Emergency medical services
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- Brock, David Franklin, 1931. Army truck at base of hill on the back side of the Korean War front. Spring/Summer 1952 or 1953. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm15138.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15138coll32/id/44. (Accessed December 12, 2019.)
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- Brock, David Franklin, 1931, (Spring/Summer 1952 or 1953) Army truck at base of hill on the back side of the Korean War front. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm15138.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15138coll32/id/44
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- Brock, David Franklin, 1931. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm15138.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15138coll32/id/44>.