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Britains Bloodiest Post-WWII Battle: Imjin River

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Published on Apr 23, 2009

On the night of April 22nd, 1951, the greatest offensive of the Korean War was unleashed.

Across the key axis of the Communist advance, on the Imjin River, was deployed Britains 29th Infantry Brigade: the Belgian Battalion, 1st Btn, the Glosters, 1st Btn the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, 1st Btn, Royal Ulster Rifles, with C Squadron, 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars, 45 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery and 55 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers. Ranged against them was Chinas entire 63rd Army: 187th Division, 188th Division and 189th Division. For three desperate nights, the brigade defied 7-1 odds to hold the line. And on Hill 235, in one of the wars greatest tragedies, the Glorious Glosters, were cut off, surrounded, and wiped out.

Nearly 60 years later, Imjin River remains Britains bloodiest post-war action. Here - in the words and images of the men who fought - is the story of a battle that has passed into legend.

Tags: war, battle, British Army, Chinese Army, Korean War, Imjin River, Belgian, Gloster, Fusilier, Ulster, Hussar, Royal Engineers, Royal Artillery, last stand, offensive, tragedy, veteran, VC, GC

Music:
Main Theme, Elk Hunt and Promontery from the Last of the Mohicans by Trevor Jones and Dougie Maclean.

Text:
Quotes are from To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951, unless otherwise specified.




Photos and Artwork:

Slide 3: Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

Slide 5: By Mervyn McCord, Royal Ulster Rifles

Slide 7: Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

Slide 9: Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 13: Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 15: By Padre Vander Goten. Courtesy Jan Dillen

Slide 17: National War Memorial of Korea

Slide 19: Royal Engineers Museum

Slide 21: Mervyn McCord, Royal Ulster Rifles

Slide 23: Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 25: National War Memorial of Korea

Slide 27: By Terence Cuneo. Courtesy Royal Artillery Institute

Slide 29: John Preston-Bell, 8th Hussars

Slide 31: By Padre Vander Goten. Courtesy Jan Dillen

Slide 33: Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 36: By John Preston-Bell, 8th Hussars

Slide 38: By Padre Vander Goten. Courtesy Jan Dillen

Slide 40: By Mervyn McCord, Royal Ulster Rifles

Slide 42: Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Museum

Slide 44: By Padre Vander Goten. Courtesy Jan Dillen

Slide 46: By David Rowlands

Slide 48: By John Preston-Bell, 8th Hussars

Slide 50: By John Preston-Bell, 8th Hussars

Slide 52: By Vander Goten, Courtesy Jan Dillen

Slide 54: Courtesy 8th Hussars

Slide 56: By Padre Vander Goten. Courtesy Jan Dillen.

Slide 58: Cheshire Military Museum

Slide 60: Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 62: Royal Ulster Rifles Musuem

Slide 64: Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 66: By Ken Howard. Courtesy Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 68: By AR Thompson. Courtesy Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

Slide 70: Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

Slide 72: By Andrew Salmon

Slide 74: By Andrew Salmon

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