>>10843874>People trying to make PLA seem like the 'underdog' when they have vast manpower
The Chinese army in Korea moved entirely on foot, were equipped with hand-me-down weapons with weapons dating back to the Warlord Period, did not have enough decent winter gear, relied on the porter, horse and mule for logistics transport, and were so utterly in the mercy of US Air Superiority, the entire army moved like cockroaches: in the dark of the night scampering from cover to cover and resting in the day. They even refused to light campfires in the dead of the Korean winter nights least they invite a UN shell or Night-Fighter hurling bombs at them. They barely brought artillery with them and have relatively few anti-armor weapons.
Their opponents meanwhile were some of the best trained & equipped militaries on the fucking planet, up to the gills with armor, artillery, AT weapons, enjoyed motorized transport, had their supplies driven by trucks, flown in or paradropped. After the MiG alley was suppressed, the sky belonged to them, with every manner of fighter, bomber, attack aircraft, and support/logistics aircraft supporting the boys on the ground and raiding the enemy supply lines if not the army itself.
The Chinks were practially World War I tier, and only marginally outnumber their opponents, who were in the Jet Age and should- on papaer- reasonably be able to destroy their anachronistic opponents with ease. Jesus Christ even the brownie third world allies like Filipinos, Ethiopians, and Turks were all kitted out by the US and far outclassed the Chinese on paper.
And the Chinks managed to push them all off from the North.
Yes they were the underdogs of that conflict.