Triumph at Kapyong: Canada's Pivotal Battle in Korea
Written by Dan Bjarnason.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2011.
|April 24th, 1951, was a lonely, moon-lit night in Korea. On a
hill, a few hundred surrounded Canadian soldiers waited for the fight of their
lives to begin. Soon, Chinese communist troops in their thousands, swarmed
around them, plunging straight towards the Korean capital, Seoul. These
Canadians were all that blocked the way.
This is the story of the first battle by Canada's first soldiers in the Korean War: the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. These volunteers were straight from Central Casting: truck drivers, construction workers, kids just out of high school, and bored farm boys. Outnumbered and outgunned, this people's army of amateurs beat off some of the toughest troops on earth. This battle that's become a legend takes its name from a nearby peanut-sized village: Kapyong. It's become a mythic Canadian story, except this is mythology that is real.
"Bjarnason mixes the official histories with a visit to the site, which makes for a rounded description. The sights, the sounds and the smells give an immediacy that official recountings exclude." The Winnipeg Free PressAbout the author: Dan Bjarnason was a television news and documentary reporter for the National at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over 35 years. His world-wide assignments, including time as a foreign correspondent, allowed him to indulge his passion for military history and to visit dozens of battlefields from the Little Bighorn to the Falklands. He lives in Toronto.
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