Triumph at Kapyong

Triumph at Kapyong

Canada's Pivotal Battle in Korea

Book - 2011
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April 24th, 1951,was a lonely, moon-lit night in Korea. On a godforsaken hill, a few hundred surrounded Canadian soldiers waited for the fight of their lives to begin. Soon, Chinese communist troops in their thousands, swarmed around them, plunging straight towards the Korean capital, Seoul. These Canadians were all that blocked the way.

This is the story of the first battle by Canada's first soldiers in the Korean War: the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. These volunteers were straight from Central Casting: truck drivers, construction workers, kids just out of high school, and bored farm boys. Outnumbered and outgunned, this people's army of amateurs beat off some of the toughest troops on earth.

This battle that's become a legend takes its name from a nearby peanut-sized village: Kapyong.

It's become a mythic Canadian story, except this is mythology that is true and real.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2011
ISBN: 9781554888726
Branch Call Number: 951.904242 BJA 2011 22
Characteristics: 195 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 23 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

This book tells the story of how some very ordinary and also very young Canadian soldiers fought what is regarded as one of the most famous Canadian battles since World War II. During the Korean War in April 1951, 700 Canadian soldiers fought off more than 5,000 battle-hardened Communist soldiers as part of the United Nations forces. The book is a grim reminder of Canada’s active involvement in peace-keeping efforts around the world and the many young Canadians who have died serving their country during major conflicts.

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silverhummar
Jul 20, 2013

A must read for Canadians who want to know about our modern military history.

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ralphdyer
Jun 06, 2012

One of the poorest written books that I have read in a long while.

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