Saturday, 21 April 2007

Anniversary of the Battle of the Imjin River

The Battle of the Imjin River took place 22 April25 April 1951 during the Korean War. Chinese Communist forces attacked UN positions on the lower Imjin River in an attempt to achieve a breakthrough and recapture the South Korean capital Seoul. The attack was part of the Chinese Spring Offensive, also known as the Fifth Phase Offensive, whose aim it was to regain the initiative on the battlefield after a successful UN counter-offensive in March 1951 had allowed UN forces to establish themselves close to the 38th parallel.

“Though minor in scale, the battle's ferocity caught the imagination of the world”

The Gloucestershire Regiment which was outnumbered and eventually surrounded by Chinese forces on Hill 235, a feature which became known as Gloster Hill. The last stand of the Gloucestershire Regiment together with other actions of 29th Brigade in the Battle of the Imjin River have become an important part of British military history and tradition. - Wikipedia

Former Ambassador Warwick Morris and Imjin veterans

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