• FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

The Unworthy, Worthwhile War: Korea, 1950-53 (Lecture 3/3)

Brian Parritt

'The Bloody Battles of the Hook'

As a young subaltern, Brigadier (retd) Brian Parritt CBE fought at the Battle of the Hook during the Korean War.

The fighting war in Korea can be divided into three broad phases. The first phase involved the desperate and intense battles to protect the defensive perimeter around Pusan followed by the Battle of the Imjin and the advance up the peninsula to the Yalu River. The second phase was the holding of a defensive line which involved sharp actions and a great deal of dangerous patrolling.

This talk covers the third phase when the possibility of a ceasefire appeared imminent and the Chinese were determined to improve their forward defence line by capturing important opposing United Nations tactical positions.

Actions against the US forces at Pork Chop Hill and Commonwealth forces on a feature known as The Hook were indeed savage and bloody. The artillery fired more rounds in these battles than had been fired at the crossing of the Rhine at the end of the Second World War.

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