Canada in the Korean War
A FORGOTTEN WAR
Canada was one of the United Nations that responded to the North Korean invasion of South Korea. The brunt of the fighting by the United Nations was carried by U.S. forces, but in addition to Canadians, there were British, Australians, Greeks, Turks etc.
This page is in memory of my wife’s American cousin First Sergeant Louis E. Slusarski, killed on October 10. 1951. He was with Company B of the 7th Cavalry (Famous as General Custer’s unit) 1st Cavalry Division. He was killed at Sidamak, Korea and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery.
Canadian Army patches of the Korean War period in my collection.The uppermost one (nicknamed the “flaming arse-hole”) was for the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade which served in the Korean War. The remainder are the patches for the 27th CIB which served in Germany and was made up of RESERVISTS! My regiment, the Seaforths, had contributed. // .303″ Vickers medium machine-gunner on summer look-out over a valley in Korea. // PPCLI on the move in daylight, Feb. 1951. Note lack of helmets. Men are carrying Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk. I .303 rifles, and .303″ Bren Guns. Note cloth bandoliers, parkas. Although caption says they are on patrol, they are heavily laden with packs. They are also sitting ducks! Smoking and bunched up like recruits! // Pte. Morris Cantwell, RCR, wounded. Note the British WWII camouflage suit. “Smock, Windproof, Camouflage” and “Trousers Windproof”. I used to have one of these suits and a spare smock with the word CANADA in white in an arch across the upper back. That one was worn in Korea and there is an “L” shaped tear in the lower back from a bayonet (an accident in barracks when they were horsing around, the wearer was pushed and fell onto a bayonet). // Pte. Laurent Bourdeau, R22R. US C-ration breakfast. C rat cans are green on outside. Not US M1 Garand rifle bayonet. Also US helmet. // Pte. Heath Mathews was a signaller with “C” Coy of the 1st Bn. The Royal Canadian Regiment.He was wounded during a company strength raid on an enemy position the night of 22 June 1952. The proper credit for the photo is; National Archives of Canada Photograph PA 128850 by Paul J. Tomelin. Corrected info from dileas (at) aol.com Note the three No. 36 M Mk. I hand grenades on his belt and the late model US M1 or M2 carbine with bayonet lug. // R22R May 1951 at Pusan boarding train for Seoul and the front line. Note their boots. Rifles are Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk. I .303″. Note berets, Canadian helmet on back-board and the load carrying back boards. // A good target. Headquarters of the R22R. Lt-Col J. Dextrazes holding radio handset). The jeeps are WWII Willys MB (or Ford GPW) late models, usually with vacuum wipers. Canadian DND number on the side over rear wheelwell. Nearest jeep MAY be 89-185. M8 armoured car is Brigadier Rockingham’s. // A Coy, 2 RCR moving forward to positions in the front line. (PA-129742)
Canadian &/or UN) vehicle markings instructions and orders for vehicles in the Korean War. I now [October 2002] have some from 1952 courtesy of J. R. G. Edwards who was there with the RCAPC. Am now looking for EARLIER instructions/orders.
Transfers (decals) of the formation signs of the 25 Cdn Inf Bde (red shield, CANADA and wreath) and Commonwealth Div (grey shield with crown).
WHEN did the Canadian vehicle numbering change from modified USA numbers [e.g. USA 20123456 modified to CDN 20123456] to the Canadian DND number format [e.g. 89-123] or were both used at the same time?
WHAT KIND OF JEEPS DID WE USE IN KOREA? Willys MB or Ford GPW or both? WWII Willys MB, Ford GPW and a few W-LU-440-M-PERS-1
Did any Canadian Army M38 or M38CDN (1952 production) , M38A1 or M38A1CDN (1953 production) jeeps ever serve in Korea? Only after the fighting had stopped apparently.