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This book relates the story of the Gloucestershire Regiment’s heroic last stand at the Battle of the Imjin River during the Korean conflict

words and pictures John Carroll

Soon after I got my first job in the early 1980s, I found myself sharing an office with Ken, a Scouse building surveyor who was getting towards retirement. We got to be friends as, over our lunchtime sandwiches, we talked about British bikes that he spoke fondly of – especially the 350cc Matchless G3L. It transpired that he’d ridden one during his National Service, some of which he’d spent in Korea during the 1950-1953 Korean conflict.

That war may have ended 70 years ago this month, but overshadowed by World War Two, it is largely forgotten. This is despite the fact that one battle – the Battle of the Imjin River – was fought by outnumbered British Army units who held out for three days against overwhelming odds and in the manner of ‘last stands’ attracted the attention of the world’s press as details emerged.

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