Across the Yalu River 跨过鸭绿江 Episode 20 Recap
Truman neither agreed to a continued retreat, but also firmly opposed the expansion of the war. Acheson proposed to use the United Nations to carry out armistice negotiations, and wait until the United States is ready to counterattack.
Zhou Enlai reported to Mao Zedong that the 110,000 troops in the northeast were already in training and could support 70,000 people on the front line. The preparation of materials for the Ninth Army will also be completed in December. Deng Hua and others believe that there is no urgent need to continue the offensive, but the telegram sent by President Peng has not received Mao Zedong’s reply for five days.
He firmly believes that as a general, it is a kind of responsibility and loyalty to report to the leader realistically. He is not wrong. Mao Zedong was smoking a cigarette in his office in Beijing, and Peng Dehuai was awake at night. They all thought of the soldiers fighting hard on the front line. Now the army is tired and the Ninth Corps is even worse.
Deng Hua suggested that it would be a good strategy for them to confront the US military on the 38th parallel. Han Xianchu brought Liang Xingchu and political commissar Liu Xiyuan back to his life. Mr. Peng ridiculed the 38th Army in the commendation telegram. He had to float in the sky. Liang Xingchu always took the stones that Mr. Peng gave him. He would never hesitate and be proud. Mr. Peng smiled and asked him to take out the stones and throw them far away, and invited him to have a good meal together.
The United States met to discuss the truce, but once the truce, the US air force and navy will retreat. They are worried that China will increase its troops. Therefore, even if it wants to retreat, it must ensure the safety of the US military. Truman also said that the ceasefire agreement is limited to South Korea. Marshall pointed out China’s demands on Taiwan, but Truman cunningly pointed out that if China rejects this negotiation, it is China that will destroy the peace, and he will immediately declare that the country is in a state of war.
Such unequal negotiation conditions are not sincere at all. Both Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai firmly believe that New China can stand up only by fighting stubbornly. Any decision made by the United Nations is invalid as long as there is no Chinese participation. The Soviet Union agreed with the five-point request made by China. Stalin also suggested that it is better to negotiate with the US military after taking Seoul. Mao Zedong also agreed with this.
The central government issued an order asking the volunteers to stop rest and resolutely fight the 38th line, but the more they attacked south, the longer the supply line would be. Hong Xuezhi was very worried about the soldiers’ logistics supplies. President Peng pointed out that we should not only consider strategic needs and comprehensively consider the needs of various aspects. Now that the people of the whole country are backed by them, they are much stronger than during the Long March, and the third battle is imperative.
On December 14, 1950, the United States and Britain manipulated the United Nations to set up the “Three-member Korean Armistice Committee,” under the guise of a ceasefire and then withdrawing troops in an attempt to delay the reorganization of the army and the war. Seeing the decision of the United Nations, Mao Zedong said that the truce without considering other issues was a fake truce and simply ignored it. Zhou Enlai reported to him that Deng Hua’s car was bombed by a US plane and was seriously injured and had to return to China for training. This air supremacy was really a big problem and Mao Zedong was worried about when the Chinese plane could be pulled up.
Hong Xuezhi dug the air-raid shelter again. President Peng walked around in the cave and was very satisfied. Deng Hua’s operation was also very smooth. President Peng was finally relieved. The first combat meeting in his new home officially began. The 38th line must be crossed. Yes, but how to cross this must be carefully arranged. The enemy has conducted five deep defenses in the south, and the interspersed movement warfare that the Volunteers are good at cannot be carried out with head-to-head battles. But now the Volunteer Army’s heavy weapons have been worn out, and now they can’t wait for the weapons to be supplied.
Mr. Peng pointed out that the firepower should be concentrated to fight quickly while it is not ready. Han Xianchu agrees with this strategy, but also added that if the battle progress is delayed or the only materials are consumed repeatedly, the Linjinjiang terrain will be flat and unsafe and the battle will be reversed, so fast combat is the only way to do this. President Peng hopes that the 116th Division will lead the battle.
Zheng Rui and others helped the North Korean people put up the roof to thank them for keeping them, but the assembly remembered that they had to return to the army quickly. Mao Zedong pointed out that as long as one step across the 38th line is a victory, the 116th Army of the 39th Army is a fierce army that has created the two ace divisions of the US Army. He pointed out that the Northeast Army must supply front-line materials at all costs.
Mao Zedong pointed out to Zhou Enlai that the conditions for the US fleet to withdraw from Taiwan and for China to join the United Nations must be added, and he cabled President Peng to start the war sooner rather than later. Zhou Enlai told him that now the Northeast has mobilized the masses of the people to stir-fry flour to support the North Korean front. The next step can even mobilize the people of the whole country to fully support the Korean War. The Chinese military and civilians are united as an indestructible copper wall.
President Peng and others formulated a strategic plan to break through the enemy’s defense in two ways. Linjin River will become an important strategic location. Logistic capabilities can also be added. The Central Military Commission has dispatched materials and bridge soldiers, and the Northeast Army has also transported food such as fried noodles, which can be supplied for five to six days on the front line. Regarding the combat time, as the U.S. Army will celebrate the Chinese New Year, in order to maintain the suddenness of the attack, President Peng decided to launch an attack on the night of December 31.
The strategic plan was finally formulated, and President Peng pulled Hong Xuezhi to kill chess. At this time, the volunteer army had just intercepted the US military telegram-Walker died in a car accident. This is great news for the volunteers. Seeing that the third battle will be launched, President Peng asked to pay close attention to the next candidate of the United States. It would be a taboo to change the game. Naturally, he can’t go down and pull Hong Xuezhi to think again. Countermeasures.
Truman decided to immediately send General Li Qiwei to South Korea, and the Central Military Commission’s Operations Department immediately sorted out the information on Li Qiwei, who succeeded the commander of the US Eighth Army, and sent it to President Peng. Li Qiwei reported to MacArthur that the war has been difficult. The US military has suffered a lot of blows, and the soldier’s momentum is sluggish. Li Qiwei analyzed that China was able to win the temporary victory because of their surprise attacks and speed.
At the moment, the strength of the two sides is similar, and the US military has sophisticated equipment. He is confident that he can win. MacArthur admired his self-confidence, but told him that he would allow the Eighth Army to retreat to Japan if the situation was unfavorable. This attitude surprised Li Qiwei, but he immediately decided to continue to attack the volunteers.
Mao Zedong sent a strategic command telegram to President Peng, and the Soviet Union also offered to send two thousand more cars. At this time, the Chinese Air Force Commander Liu Yalou and the Volunteer Army Air Force Commander Liu Zhen came to see Mao Zedong. Air dominance in modern warfare is extremely important. At present, the new China’s air force is still weak. There are fewer than 200 combat aircraft of various types. Mao Zedong proposed that airplanes can be purchased, but the pilot is the most important factor.