The following is the English translation of
an online article by a Chinese author:
Mr Zhang is a South Korean with ethnic Chinese
background and soon I met him we became good friends. One
day, we ascended Bada Hill and he told me that when he was
a little boy he witnessed a bloody battle unfolding around
the hill rages.
He recalled how the American troops were well-wrapped
up in warm clothes while Chinese armies wore cotton-padded
hat, cotton-padded jackets and cotton-padded trousers, looked
rather thinly clad for the weather. What made him most astonishing
is that in the freezing condition of Korea's harsh winter
with the temperature frequently reaching minus 20 to 30 degree
celsius, the Chinese soldiers had only rubber shoes on their
Mr Zhang didn’t know that many Chinese volunteers
were barefoot when fighting in the snowy field.
Pointing at rice paddy fields at the hill foot,
Mr Zhang reflected the battle scene of the day. The Chinese
armies launched repeated charges at defense lines on the
Bada Hill; when one group of the soldiers fell, another group
of soldiers swiftly surged ahead, and the rice fields down
the hill and the soil on the hilltop were all soaked in blood
and became red. He never quite understood why Chinese soldiers
could be so fearless, and what made them keep fighting under
the most adverse circumstance like this.
The combat finally concluded with the Chinese
claimed victory and replaced the Americans to take charge
of the region. The locals did not feel afraid of the Chinese
armies, since the soldiers were pretty friendly. Like other
South Korean civilians, Mr Zhang’s family lived a life on
the run, trying their best to escape from war. They were
hungry and cold and homeless. It was Chinese soldiers who
distributed food and clothes to the refugees, which allowed
them to hold out through the winter. He still remembered
vividly how a Chinese Volunteer handed him a corn bread,
which he said was a moment that he would never forget.
"The locals would flee when heard the
news that the Korean or American troops were coming, but
if it was Chinese army, we would stay ‘cause we knew Chinese
Volunteers would not hurt the civilians," added Mr Zhang.
I felt my eyes dimmed with moisture.
Due to constant US air strike, Chinese armies
had difficulties to receive their food supplies, and many
soldiers survived on snow and cold potatoes. But they gave
away their corn bread to the South Koreans.
Chinese Volunteer Army occupied Seoul during
the Korean War
Zedong on Korean War
Korean War (1)