The only soldier in the battalion who didn’t get frostbite at Chosin Lake. What happened?
In the early days of the Korean War, the Korean People’s Army quickly routed the American-backed South Korean army.However, due to the participation of the American troops and the landing in Incheon, the Korean People’s Army was defeated again and again, and the American troops pushed the front to the Yalu River, which seriously affected our national defense and security.At that time, if the Korean Peninsula is really occupied by the United States, the United States is bound to deploy a large number of military forces in the vicinity, and the northeast as China’s most important industrial base, will also lose a stable external development environment, which is what we can not tolerate, so it is imperative to resist the United States to aid Korea.The volunteers launched their first battle immediately after entering Korea, successfully stopping the American offensive.Shortly after the end of the first battle, we took advantage of the victory to launch a second battle, hoping to push the front further south. It was in this second battle that the most devastating battle of Jangjin-ho took place.The battle was a major battle in which three battalions of the 9th Volunteer Corps confronted the highly decorated 10TH American Corps and the first South Korean Corps.In this battle, the 1st Marine Division was surrounded by three corps of volunteers and was nearly wiped out, but the volunteers also paid a terrible price.Because the second battle was launched in winter, when the whole Korean Peninsula was already covered with snow and ice, the volunteers suffered many non-combat casualties in such extremely bad weather.The volunteers’ morale was high, but the situation was not good, not to mention America’s near-absolute air supremacy in Korea.Although we were trying to get strategic resources to the front, more than half of the convoy’s trucks were still on their way, destroyed by U.S. Air Force bombers, so nearly half of the volunteers facing the U.S. troops on the front line did not receive winter clothing.To say the least, even with winter clothing, there was not enough food to go around, so the conditions on the Korean Peninsula were deadly, and there were few soldiers in the volunteer corps who did not suffer frostbite, but Chi was different.Chi Haotian was the deputy instructor of the third battalion of the 235th regiment of the 79th Division of the 27th Volunteer Army. In the Changjin Lake Battle, he led the troops to charge in the front for many times and obtained many military achievements.Most notably, he led his troops to conquer four high points where U.S. and South Korean troops were stationed, killing more than 30 enemies and capturing the enemy’s heavy weapon, the recoilless cannon.Therefore, after the Jangjin-ho Battle, he was rated as a warrior with first-class merit, which is very rare in the volunteer army.Chi Haotian can perform so brave, and he can resist the cold, the state has been very good is a direct relationship.He has been living in a difficult environment since childhood, when he was young, he participated in the guandong with his father, from childhood to the biggest experience is the cold, he has adapted to such weather, exercise a pair of “king Kong is not bad” physique, physical quality is much better than ordinary soldiers.Not to mention many of the volunteers were southerners at that time, the snow in the south is generally small, the weather is relatively warm, they are prone to frostbite due to the maladjustment.In this case, chi Haotian’s “special” will appear.And as a native of Shandong province who grew up in northeast China, he learned a lot from local people about soil protection from frostbite and ways to survive in cold weather. For example, snow accumulated on the ground rubbed his face and body to keep warm.Or maybe he’s exercising a lot to keep his body warm when he’s not fighting.It proved effective, and Chi became the only soldier in his unit not to suffer frostbite.Later, he systematically summarized his own anti-freezing methods, developed a “anti-freezing method” of Chi Haotian, and then taught this method to the soldiers of the whole battalion, making his unit one of the very few that could maintain the basic combat effectiveness in the cold weather.After the end of the War, Chi Haotian continued to serve in the army. In 1958, he entered the senior Infantry School of the GENERAL Staff Department of the PLA. A year later, he was admitted to the Synthesis Department of the PLA Military Academy.After graduation in 1960, he became the deputy political commissar and director of the Political Bureau of 235 Regiment, 79th Division, 27th Army.In 1973, he was promoted to deputy political commissar of the Beijing Military Region, and in 1987 even became chief of the General staff of the People’s Liberation Army, one of its top military commanders.He was awarded the rank of general in 1988 and served as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People’s Republic of China, state Councilor and Defense Minister from 1998 to 2003.There is no doubt that Chi Haotian is a senior commander who came out step by step from the war years. He has won a series of honors, such as second-class merit, first-class combat model, east China third-class people’s hero, first-class merit, and so on.In fact, there were many heroes like Chi Haotian in the volunteer army at that time.It is because of their hard struggle that the final victory of the war against the United States and Aid Korea was achieved.