Based on personal experience, this story of a renaissance unit trapped behind enemy lines in Korea manages to escape being simply a reportorial job, and becomes instead a moving record of a sergeant to whom his men were his ""own beloved sons"". Stanley had the faculty for inspiring the men he led; he had managed always to get back without loss, no matter how ticklish the assignment. But in this particular case, when two reconnaissance jeeps were to break through to Dutch-held Hoensong; the odds were too great for him. They made it- persuaded the Dutch to hold on despite the loss of their officer in command, but on the way back to rejoin the company, the enemy closed in. It is a grim closeup of the fighting, but more- it is a portrait of a man's relations to the younger men under him. Almost unbearable in its detail, the story stands out as a vivid piece of war writing.