By Gabrielle Wittkop
«Mes carnets d’Asie ne sont rien que des notes personnelles, impressions griffonnées sur mes genoux, au bord d’une rizière ou dans un bus de fer-blanc, couvrant des pages et des pages barbouillées de sueur ou étoilées de pourpre par un moustique gorgé mais vaincu.»
En revisitant ses souvenirs rapportés de Thaïlande et d’Insulinde, Gabrielle Wittkop a élaboré – avant sa disparition – ce parcours idéal où le temps s’incline devant une région à los angeles richesse infinie. Carnets d’Asie oscille entre le magazine de voyage et l’intime expérience extrême-orientale : chaque récit nous plonge avec une sensibilité exacerbée dans des cultures, des épopées mythiques, des instants de vie uniques.
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Almond 6 Maj. Gen. Oliver P. Smith 39 Lt. Col. Raymond L. Murray 40 Col. Homer L. Litzenberg 41 Col. Lewis B. Puller 42 Aerial view of Chosin Reservoir 43 Enemy casualties at Yudam-ni 57 Col. Allan D. MacLean and Lt. Col. Don C. Faith, Jr. 77 Litter parties gathering bodies at inlet perimeter 95 Gen. Almond, Capt. Robert E. Drake, and Maj. Gen. David G. Barr 120 Hagaru-ri 157 Napalm drop 194 Soldiers resting between Yudam-ni and Hagaru-ri 221 Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule 276 Aerial view of Funchilin Pass 281 Break in the road at the power plant 287 Treadway bridge sections over the chasm at the power plant 299 65th Infantry riflemen heading to Hungnam perimeter 320 Destruction of military installations at Wonsan 333 Docks at Hungnam destroyed 341 Korean refugees boarding LST at Hungnam 342 Chinese prisoners in typical uniforms 351 Tables 1 Chinese IX Army Group, Third Field Army 18 2 Road Mileage from Hungnam to Yudam-ni 32 3 X Corps Strength, 24 November 1950 37 4 Task Force Dog 283 5 X Corps Battle Casualties, 27 November-10 December 1950 347 Page viii Maps 1 X Corps deployment, 28 November 1950 9 2 Main axis of UN planned attack 13 3 MSR of 1st Marine Division and 31st Infantry, November-December 1950 15 4 Chinese Communist Forces' movement to Chosin Reservoir 20 5 Deployment of CCF IX Army Group, 27 November-10 December 22 6 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, positions west of Yudam-ni 53 7 CCF 79th, 89th, and 59th divisions at Yudam-ni 62 8 31st RCT position, evening of 27 November 1950 84 9 TF Faith perimeter, 29 November-1 December 1950 116 10 TF Faith breakout from inlet perimeter, 1 December 1950 133 11 TF Faith convoy destroyed, 1 December 1950 149 12 First battle of Hagaru-ri, 28-29 November 1950 164 13 Marine breakout from Yudam-ni, 1-4 December 1950 219 14 Withdrawal from Hagaru-ri to Koto-ri, 6-7 December 1950 248 15 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, Koto-ri perimeter, 6-8 December 1950 265 16 Funchilin Pass, 8-10 December 1950 302 17 Evacuation of Hungnam, 11-24 December 1950 321 18 Naval Task Force 77 and X Corps withdrawal from Hungnam, 15-26 December 1950 335 Page ix Introduction The question has often been asked: Why was the X Corps not joined to Eighth Army after the successful Inchon landing and the capture of Seoul in September 1950 and the simultaneous breakout of Eighth Army from the Naktong perimeter?
Gen. David G. Barr and Colonel Powell, who commanded the 17th Regiment, Almond and the others accompanied the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry, that led the way into Hyesanjin on 21 November. The Yalu here had dwindled to a small, shallow stream, about 50 to 75 yards wide. It was frozen over except for a six-foot wide channel. Four days later, the river was completely frozen over. Upstream, 300 yards from Hyesanjin, on the Siberian side of the river, was an undamaged Chinese village. 6 The small force led by 2nd Lt.
The 42nd Army then moved southwest to join sister units of the Fourth Field Army that were massed against the US Eighth Page 22 MAP 5. Deployment of the CCF IX Army Group, Third Field Army, 27 November-10 December. Page 23 Army. Except for a few small groups, the 20th Army remained effectively concealed until 27 November. The 20th Army's mission was to cut the road between Yudam-ni and Hagaru-ri and thus isolate the 1st Marine Division, which was concentrating at Yudam-ni. 3 The 26th Army had also participated actively in the Chinese civil war and, like the 20th Army, had engaged in the battles south of the Yangtze and helped in the capture of Shanghai.