Ian Van der Waag


On 25 June 1950, the army of North Korea crossed the thirty-eighth parallel to attack their southern neighbours. Western Powers responded quickly and despatched a multinational task force, under a United Nations banner, to the conflict area. The United Nations Forces (UNF) included a South African contingent of one fighter bomber squadron (No 2 Squadron SAAF), a liaison headquarters and ten army officers attached to 1st Commonwealth Division. By October, the North Koreans were routed. However, the intervention of Communist China resulted in a prolonged war which eventually ended in a stalemate at Panmunjom on 27 July 1953.


Dermot Moore and Peter Bagshawe; ISBN 1-874800-15-4; 25 June 1950; North Korea; Western Powers; despatched a multinational task force; United Nations; The United Nations Forces (UNF); 1st Commonwealth Division; No 2 Squadron SAAF; Panmunjom; SOUTH AFRICA

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