Canada’s for­got­ten war

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

April marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the Battle of Kapy­ong — one of the most sig­nif­i­cant bat­tles fought by the Cana­di­ans in the Korean War. As a mem­ber of The War Amps Op­er­a­tion Legacy, a group of com­mit­ted young peo­ple who are ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing Canada’s mil­i­tary her­itage, I would like to high­light this an­niver­sary.

On April 24-25, 1951, the 2nd Bat­tal­ion of Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light In­fantry en­gaged in the Battle of Kapy­ong. From their stand on Hill 677, the Pa­tri­cia’s man­aged to hold their po­si­tions and re- open the sup­ply route de­spite tremen­dous odds and bit­ter fight­ing.

The Cana­dian ac­tion at Kapy­ong stopped the Chinese ad­vance in this sec­tor of the front for the rest of the war and earned the bat­tal­ion the US Pres­i­den­tial ci­ta­tion for val­our.

Canada sent 26,791 sol­diers to battle in Korea. More than 1,200 were se­ri­ously wounded and an­other 516 never came home. Af­ter the Korean Ar­mistice Agree­ment was signed in 1953, the Cana­di­ans re­turned home amid lit­tle fan­fare. There were no bands play­ing, and no pa­rades. In fact, the Korean War had very lit­tle im­pact on Cana­di­ans, ex­cept, of course, those who fought in it or who lost loved ones.

To mark this an­niver­sary, The War Amps has re-re­leased its doc­u­men­tary

to reg­u­lar and spe­cialty TV chan­nels. Part of The War Amps Mil­i­tary Her­itage Se­ries, it is also avail­able at a cost-re­cov­ery price of $12 by call­ing 1 800 250-3030 or vis­it­ing waramps.ca.

Cara Lon­don Op­er­a­tion Legacy Mem­ber,

Rothe­say, NB

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