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Fortune Favours the Brave

A. J. Barker

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Lt. Col. A. J. Barker in ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’, describes in detail two bloody battles of the Hook, a strategic ridge in Korea in 1952 and 53, where the Black Watch and then the 1st. Battalion the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment fought of the Korean and Chinese human-wave attacks.

Fortune Favours the Brave by A. J. Barker: A small flash photograph of this book to show condition and general appearance.
First published in UK in 1974. This second printing, is the first published in this format 2002 by Leo Cooper - Pen & Sword Books
Available in Hardcover
Second printing but first in this format.
ISBN: 0850528232

Book details:

170 pages 223 mm. x 145 mm. x 23 mm.
Weight unwrapped 412 grm. Wrapped for postage approx 500 grm.

PRICE £10.00 plus postage (included for UK)

A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine condition in NEAR FINE conditiion- no markings - Square and tight - a clean bright copy.
The dust wrapper is unclipped and condition is FINE.


All, too little remembered today, the Korean War was bitterly fought out under atrocious conditions of weather and terrain. Greatly outnumbered by their Communist Chinese and North Korean enemy, the United Nations forces fought with extraordinary resolve and gallantry.

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The Hook, the name given to a prominent ridge on the peninsula, saw more blood spilt than any other feature in this prolonged and grisly war. Not surprisingly it became known as ‘the bloody Hook’.

The two costliest battles are described in detail in ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’, a classic account of the war. Both involved British infantry battalions of 29 British Commonwealth Brigade. In November 1952, The Black Watch saw off a major Chinese attack against all odds. In May 1953 it was the turn of the 1st. Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment to face what must have seemed an overwhelming onslaught. Along a 1,000 yard front the greatest concentration of artillery fire since the Great War was brought to bear on Chinese human-wave attacks.

In the morning the Dukes still held the ground despite heavy casualties. This feat of arms, achieved by a battalion made up of mainly young National Servicemen from Yorkshire, ranks among the finest in long and glorious history of the British Army.  

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