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This Month in the Korean War: November 1950 - 1952

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November 1-2, 1950: First U.S. battle with Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) near Unsan left 8th Cavalry Regiment ineffective.


November 3-7, 1950: The 7th Marines encounter and defeat Chinese Communist Forces in four days of fierce fighting at Sudong. The Chinese break contact and retreat northward.


November 8, 1950: First all-jet combat in history.  An F-80 Shooting Star of the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing shoots down a MiG-15 fighter near Sinjiju in a 30-second dog fight.


November 8-26, 1950: FEAF B-29s and Navy aircraft attack Yalu River bridges in an attempt to isolate the battlefield.


November 9, 1950: In the first jet-vs-jet combat in U.S. naval history, Lieutenant Commander William T. Amen's F9F Panther of Fighter Squadron 111 shoots down a Chinese MiG-15. 
 

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November 15, 1950: Units of the 1st Marine Division reach Hagaru-ri at the southern tip of the Chosen Reservoir.


November 25 - December 15, 1950: CCF Counteroffensive in North Korea.  Seven U.S. divisions participate (1st Marine Division, U.S. Army's 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions).


November 27 - December 15, 1950: Battle of the Changijin (Chosin) Reservoir. The encircled 1st Marine Division and elements of the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division, with support of Navy and Marine aircraft, fight their way southward from the Chosin Reservoir to the port city of Hungnam.  The withdraw occurs along 78 miles of mountain road in freezing conditions. Although, suffering more than 4,000 battle casualties and uncounted cases of frostbite, the 1st Marine Division and supporting units inflict an estimated 25,000 casualties on the attacking Chinese Communist Forces.


November 28, 1950: General MacArthur orders Eighth Army to withdraw to avoid encirclement and orders X Corps to concentrate in the Hamhung-Hungnam coastal area.

 

November 30 - December 1, 1950: 2nd Infantry Division passes through the Kunu-ri "Gauntlet" while withdrawing after the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River. One-third of the division is killed, wounded or missing.


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November 11, 1951: Marine Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMR-161) conducts the first frontline relief of a Marine battalion during Operation SWITCH.


November 12, 1951: General Ridgway orders LTG Van Fleet to have Eighth Army assume an "active defense."


November 27, 1951: Korean War truce talks began July 10, 1951.  Although the talks started slowly, on November 27, 1951, the two sides agreed on the 38th parallel as a line of demarcation.  U.N. forces undertook no major offensive operations for the remainder of the war.


November 30, 1951: In a rare air battle with Communist bombers, 31 Sabres knock down eight Tu-2 bombers, three La-9 propeller-driven fighters, and one MiG-15.

 

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November 3, 1952: Hill 851, Heartbreak Ridge area, held by the 2nd Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment (40th Infantry Division).

 

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