South Korea – UK/US – Battle of Kapyong

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Memorial Site

This memorial located in Kapyong is dedicated to the Commonwealth Forces that stood ground during the Battle of Kapyong.

Between April 23–25, 1951, the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade—made up of 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI)—supported by an artillery battery from the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery and Company A of the 72nd U.S. Tank Battalion, had won a decisive victory and blunted the largest enemy offensive of the Korean War.

Although heavily outnumbered, 2,800 U.N. soldiers held their positions against 10,600 Chinese People’s Volunteer Army troops.

The battle came at great cost to the 27th Brigade, especially 3RAR, which had 32 men killed, 59 wounded, and three taken as prisoners. The Canadians suffered ten casualties and 23 wounded. The New Zealanders lost two men, and three Americans were also killed.