General MacArthur decides not to go all the way to the Yalu River Feb 18, 2021 20:06:58 GMT stevep and gillan1220 like this
Post by oscssw on Feb 18, 2021 20:06:58 GMT
Interesting and depressing condemnation of MacArthur and his mode of operation. Sounds like a very good job that Truman later fired him and his plans for political office came to nothing.
It seems that Mao committed himself to Chinese intervention once the Inchon landing prompted the collapse of the NK forces. As such your still going to get attacks and given the coming winter, which the UN forces didn't seem fully prepared for plus the terrain and logistical issues you mentioned would have caused them problems but if MacArthur wasn't such an idiot it would have been markedly better for the UN forces and worse for the communists. The latter would have continued upping the ante I suspect and forced the defenders back some way but I suspect you might have avoided the 2nd occupation of Seoul and made a bigger imbalance in the losses of the two sides than OTL. Probably a shorter shooting war as well and perhaps SK being somewhat larger, which would make the capital more secure.
Have to agree with you Steve.
So for my alternate timeline to work I have to get rid of Mac After Inchon but before the UN crosses the 38th parallel. I guess, given his age and the strain of war, he might just get so sick he would have to be replaced. The question is by who? In the OTL Gen. Matthew Ridgeway took over but only after the ChiComs invaded and he did very well all things considered.
I think, as a parachute general, he would be far less likely to screw up the Intel. He would also be well versed in fighting outnumbered. Given that he KNEW he was not God he would be open to setting up the defensive line at the Korea neck. Omar Bradley thought very highly of him. Does not hurt to have a "Godfather" who is also Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Well that's it for now. I am open to ideas on how to make this work.