Can someone please present a short summary of the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge? What was the reason for the battle? Who fought? What was the aftermath?
The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge was one of the most devastating and decisive battles of the Korean War that was fought between the United States and the Chinese backed North Koreans. The battle lasted a month and comprised of American forces attempting to storm North Korean defenses which had been placed on a seven mile long series of hills. The Americans severely underestimated the level of fortifications on the ridge and suffered severe losses in the first number of assaults.
The ridge was finally captured after an armored division breached the defenses and destroyed North Korean supplies. The cost of the battle was devastating to both sides, as around 3,700 American troops and 25,000 North Korean troops were killed. In the aftermath the American forces attempted to change their tactics in order to reduce the amount of casualties sustained by both sides, but this was not achieved due to the defensive and tenacious defense of the Chinese and North Korean armies.