Triumph at Kapyong

❰Read❯ ➱ Triumph at Kapyong Author Dan Bjarnason – Afghanistan is not Canada s first war in Asia We ve been there before a half century ago in Korea And it was a meat grinder scarcely remembered now a war in which on one hilltop on one April night fre Afghanistan is not Canada s first war in Asia We ve been there before a half century ago in Korea And it Triumph at PDF \ was a meat grinder scarcely remembered now a war in which on one hilltop on one April night freshly minted Canadians soldiers made a desperate stand that prevented catastrophe In all twenty five thousand Canadians fought in Korea By the time the shooting stopped than five hundred had been killed on lonely hilltops and in desolate ravines Five hundred in only two years In Canada s war in Korea there were no Vimy Ridges or Normandys In Korea Canadians were shot down in their fours and fives mostly on patrols and in ambushes It was largely a war at night in small groups But not always There were sometimes terrifying battles where outposts were swamped by Chinese human wave attacks This is the story of one such battle Canada s first in Korea in April on a barren and rocky hill near a nothing village called Kapyong on the edge of nowhere It s the story of men all volunteers in the nd Batallion of Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry They d signed up specifically to fight in Korea and now on this April night they found themselves surrounded by thousands of Chinese soldiers sweeping around their positions In April the Chinese launched an offensive plunging straight for the South Korean capital Seoul Other allied positions collapsed around the Canadians Only the lonely Patricias blocked the road And now it was their turn for the Chinese treatment The Patricias had the wrong weapons and were trained in the wrong tactics for this war Most were utter amateurs This was a true People s Army cab drivers lumberjacks farm boys and adventurers They were up against a seasoned enemy better armed and with immense battle savvy fresh from their victories in the Chinese Civil War And yet in a terrifying battle in the dark that had the feel of Thermopylae with several hundred against several thousand with hand to hand fighting with bayonet s and shovels with foxholes lost and retaken with calling down artillery fire on their own positions they held The Patricia s that night changed the course the war could have taken Kapyong is about what did not happen The Canadian positions did not collapse Kapyong did not fall Seoul was not captured The Chinese breakthrough went nowhere And so the Korean War did not end abruptly in April For the Chinese Kapyong had simply been too much By dawn they had abandoned the field Incredibly the Patricia s casualties were ten dead and wounded Chinese dead although unknown must have been in the many hundreds At no point had there been talk among the Canadians of breaking out they had simply decided to tough it out on their hilltop The Kapyong story sparkles with ualities that Canadians believe make up their national character sacrifice courage initiative modesty and an uncomplicated rock solid belief in themselves It is the story of the Patricias cool and cranky commander James Stone a World War Two veteran of the Italian campaign who applied his mountain warfare savvy to the wilds of Korea It s the story of Ken Barwise who single handedly recaptured a lost machine gun from the Chinese It s the story of Smiley Douglas who reached for a live grenade which landed in the midst of his platoon It exploded just as he tossed it free blowing off his hand It s the story of Michael Levy who had fought as a teenager against the Japanese in Malaya as a guerrilla At Kapyong he was the heroic platoon commander who called in artillery on his own position The Patricias survived because they believed they were the best soldiers on the hill that night They bet their lives on it They won the bet.Triumph at Kapyong


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  • 202 pages
  • Triumph at Kapyong
  • Dan Bjarnason
  • 19 December 2014
  • 9781280577192

10 thoughts on “Triumph at Kapyong

  1. says:

    The book sets out to bring this forgotten war into the public eye and its aims are just Before I read this I had very little notion of the Korean war and especially of the involvement of Canadian soldiers in the conflictHowever the book's focus is very narrow and the text often seems to lack coherent flow being little than a collection of happenings liberally peppered with uotes that essentially all say the same thing The editing here is also reprehensible and makes it difficult to take the text with any degree of seriousness Spelling grammar and typography mistakes are everywhere and it's a little disgraceful to see so little care went into something that claims to do justice to these brave soldiers There's also some uestionable content; the book seems to venerate one Colonel Stone until the very last moment where a poorly photocopied letter from a retired captain is inserted which suddenly hits him with a charge of antisemitism It's not that I believe it isn't warranted to mention such a charge but the fact that the author saw fit to include this single damning bit of testimony in its full and barely readable form rather than simply mention in passing that one colleague in the radio room later brought an accusation of antisemitism against the Colonel seems to point further toward the pausity of materials available and also the uestionable editing decisions that went into putting this little book together Not really recommended

  2. says:

    I admit that I don't know much about Korean war which was fought from June 1950 to July 1953 or Canada's role in it This why Triumph at Kapyong interested me so muchThe book is well written and focuses on many on the main Canadian personalities who participated in the battle It follows the Princess Pats unit from it's miserable voyage across the Pacific from Canada then across the hills mountains and valleys as they headed towards the North Korean BorderAuthor Dan Bjarnason does an excellent job of putting the reader into the middle of the major battle He also does a great job of explaining why many Canadians are unaware of our participation on the Korean war As it was a police action and not a declared war many Canadians ignored what was going on over there while it was even happeningBjarnson finishes up with a chapter on who won battle medalsand an excellent account of one man who didn't and the prejudiced reason behind itKapyong is such a heroic Canadian victory a story of hundreds standing off thousands and this is an excellent account of the battle

  3. says:

    I highly recommend Triumph at Kapyong to readers who are interested in learning about Canada's most dramatic battle in the Korean War The protagonists are the young men who volunteered for the Special Force and in particular those in the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Long known as Canada's forgotten war the Korean conflict was supposedly a UN sponsored peacekeeping mission; except that by the time the Patricias arrived the Red Chinese had overrun the forward American and South Korean lines and the Canadians were in for the fight of their lives Largely ignored at home 2PPCLI to give them their army acronym received a United States Presidential Unit Citation the only Canadian force ever to be so honoured

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