Against the Red Tide

Gerry van Tonder charts the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade’s service in the Korean War.

On June 25, 1950 – 70 years ago – the China and USSR-backed North Korean forces invaded South Korea, sparking a major conflict, the effects of which were felt around the world. The United Nations – including Britain and many Commonwealth countries – rallied to support the Seoul government, sending men and equipment in an effort to turn the ‘red tide’. The war raged for three years and at least two-and-a-half million people lost their lives – the true figure, which will never be known, is certainly much higher.

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