A War of Patrols

Canadian Army Operations in Korea

William Johnston,

A War of Patrols

William Johnston,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

448 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774810098 Published January 2004 For sale in USA only
Cloth $37.95 ISBN: 9780774810081 Published May 2003 For sale in USA only
In June 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. Responding to a United Nations’ call, Canada deployed an 8000-man brigade to the peninsula to fight as part of an American-led UN force. This comprehensive account of the Canadian campaign in Korea provides the first detailed study of the training, leadership, operations, and tactics of the brigade under each of its three wartime commanders as well as its relationship with American and Commonwealth allies. This impeccably researched analytical history also examines the various units, from the "Special Force" to the army’s regular battalions that replaced them.


Prologue: Verrieres Ridge, Normandy, July 1944

1 War and Recruitment, June - August 1950

2 Rocky’s Army, September 1950 - April 1951

3 Into Battle, December 1950 - March 1951

4 Kap’yong, April 1951

5 The Brigade Arrives, May - July 1951

6 The Commonwealth Division, July - October 1951

7 The First Rotation, October 1951

8 No Withdrawal, No Panic, November 1951

9 The Active Defence, December 1951 - April 1952

10 The Professionals, May - June 1952

11 The Inactive Defence, July - October 1952

12 On the Hook, November 1952 - April 1953

13 The Third Battalions, May - July 1953





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