Canadians honour Kapyong veterans

Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, with Veterans Affairs Canada and the RoK Embassy is hosting a ceremony and reception in honour of the veterans of the Battle of Kapyong. The ceremony will take place at 13:00 on 15 April 2011 at National War Memorial in Ottawa.

The Battle of Kapyong (Korean: 가평전투)  was fought between 22–25 April 1951.  During these three days, the United Nations (UN) forces 27th Brigade —primarily Australian and Canadian—defended Hill 504 and 677 respectively from the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army.

Despite outnumbering the UN Forces by a factor of 5 to 1, the Chinese Army was vastly outgunned. It is said the battlefield was littered with the corpses of Chinese soldiers. And yet, despite their ultimate defeat the battle demonstrated that the Chinese were tough and skilful soldiers capable of inflicting heavy casualties on the Australians and forcing their eventual withdrawal, albeit both intact and orderly. [Horner, David; ed (2008). Duty First: A History of the Royal Australian Regiment (Second ed.)] Read the rest of this entry »

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