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Thursday, 19 April, 2001, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Korea - the forgotten war

In 1950 communist North Korea invaded the independent state of South Korea. For the next three years the United States, backed by the United Nations, waged a war against the invasion. Millions of Korean civilians lost their lives. This month British veterans of the campaign take part in a memorial service to mark their involvement in the 'forgotten war'.


A British tank arrives in North Korea
A British tank arrives in North Korea

British troops entered North Korea in August 1950. This news report from the time shows North Korean civilians joyfully welcoming the arrival of the 27th Brigade. At this stage in the conflict the allies were gaining ground, having recently captured the capital Seoul.

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British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister Clement Attlee

The conflict in Korea symbolised Cold War tensions and was viewed as much as an ideological battle as a territorial one. Prime Minister Clement Attlee, aware of possible doubts over the war amongst the British electorate, talks of "fighting the Communist menace" and the threat it presented to democracy.

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British machine gunners in action
British machine gunners in action

The British held a defensive line across the Imjin river. Chinese forces attacked again and again - at one point even surrounding the British after finding another crossing point along the river. The Gloustershire regiment held out and finally took the Imjin. This piece of audio is of accounts from British soldiers recorded shortly after the battle.

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United Nations soldiers march in to battle
United Nations soldiers march in to battle

Chinese intervention during the war complicated matters, the UN army had a new enemy to contend with. All sides faced a fierce winter however, the United Nations combined army finally managed to stem the push of communist forces. Here is a BBC news report from the time, looking back across the entire war.

 Click here to watch an original BBC report from 1951.

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