I have just read [final chapter] ‘In Retrospect’ and it has brought back so many memories.  I traveled back in Empire Pride with Tony Farrar-Hockley, Carne and others having watched some coming over the border on their release and your book has stimulated my memories of that epic trip. I learned more about soldiering in my 3 months fighting in Korea than in the rest of my life put together.  It was an intense university of war for me, and I am sure for others who survived the experience.  Good luck with sales and so glad you have recorded this piece of history and the people who made it for posterity.

– General (ret) Sir Peter de la Billiere, Durham Light Infantry/SAS, Korean War veteran

Your book should carry a health warning Anyone inclined to PTS would be in danger of a relapse.   You have put the battle into both historical and contemporary context. You have also dealt with some of the controversies with great skill. I admire the extent of your research to have produce such a marvellous book – so full of anecdotes at every level from Private to General.

– Brigadier (ret) Mervyn McCord, Royal Ulster Rifles. Imjin Veteran

I have been waiting for a book like yours to be published.  I served with the 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles for most of 1951,so was involved in the Battle of Injin.Your book took me back completely and answered a lot of questions for which I thank you from the bottom of my heart for spending a lot of time researching and printing this information,which obviously became an important chapter in my life. Several British Korean War Veterans Associations members who were there  are going to purchase a copy. They can’t have mine,I will never get it back! 

– Rifleman (ret) John Dyer, Royal Ulster Rifles, Imjin River veteran 

Congratulations Andrew,you have written a tremendous book,the best I have read ref the Korean War.
 
– Corporal (ret) Joe Thompson, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, Korean War Veteran
 
So far, I have only read the pages about the Belgian Battalion in Korea and the participation of the battalion at the battle of the Imjin. Our veterans are almost forgotten in Belgium- maybe this book will be read by our professors at the university so they can speak about the battle to students of history.  I look forward to reading the full book. 
 
– Commandant (ret) Jan Dillen, Belgian Battalion, Korean War Veteran
 
Have read the book and am MOST impressed.  You have created the atmosphere of the time in a way which grips the reader and is a perfect blend of excitement and reality. Reminds me of  [George MacDonald Fraser’s World War II memoir] Quartered Safe Out Here. I also liked you personal comments which give clarity to post-operational considerations. It is a remarkable achievement and I am delighted that your efforts are going to be expanded.

– Brigadier (ret) Brian Parritt, Royal Artillery/Intelligence Corps, Korean War Veteran

This is a story which badly needed telling and Andrew Salmon deserves congratulations for taking up the challenge and interviewing so many participants; men whose memories clearly remain crystal clear about events in a relatively small geographical area of a land which perhaps today does not seem quite so far away. The demise of almost all the senior commanders has left the way clear for those who actually fought the battle to let their thoughts be known; in some cases strident views which have remained bottled-up for years.

Starting with the winter battle for ‘Happy Valley’, the book tells the story not simply as another re-run of the Glosters actions but of the part played throughout the early days of 1951 by the other members of the brigade – the 1RUR, 1RNF, 45 Fd Regt RA, 55 Engr Sqn RE, and not least the very gallant Belgian battalion.

It is a tale of a clash of cultures; of battles fought at a very personal level, with a savagery and intensity which today’s generation, even those with recent experience of Afghanistan, can barely imagine. It is also the story of an extraordinary collection of British soldiers – long-service Regulars, reluctant reservists, newly conscripted National Servicemen – quite literally fighting for their lives. Brutality and savagery there was aplenty but little of the sheer barbarity which had dominated much of the earlier war against Japan.

Amongst veterans, the story will awaken long lost memories but one hopes it will allow those who have lived with their demons and fears over many years to put these to bed in the sure knowledge that a much more balanced picture of 29th Infantry Brigade’s epic stand has now been set before a far wider public. Above all else, the battle is part of the birthright of modern South Korea and those who visit Korea will marvel not only at the extraordinary development of the country but at the fact that the children of today are never allowed to forget the debt they owe to the men of many nations who served under the banner of United Nations Command Korea.

– Major General (ret) D P Thomson, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Borneo Veteran, Former Commander, Land Forces, Northern Ireland

May I say that your book is superb in it’s detail and in the fact that it brings together the many aspects of the battle as a whole,  makes it  a unique book of reference. It clearly places the individual actions in which I was personally involved firmly in perspective as  a small piece of the jigsaw ! Certain events in the text which are mentioned in footnotes I am able to corroborate. For example:  the situation with the C Company Commander;  why radio communication was impossible on the night of 23/24 April over the Company wireless net;  the fact that the Platoons of C Company had not been overrun by the Chinese prior to the move to Hill 235.  In fact,  much of the contact with the enemy prior to the breakout had been in repelling skirmish activity and holding off Chinese probes.  My experience of captivity was generally as described in your text. Just for the record,  I notice three errors in the text relating mainly to problems with source documents.  These are:
 
1. (P134) The Platoon Commanders and Sergeants of C company were:  7Pl –  2/ Lieut  D. J. English – Sgt  D. W. K. Sallabank;  8 Pl –  Lieut G. F. B. Temple – Sgt K. D. Eames MM;  9Pl –  2/ Lieut  J. A. Haggerty – Sgt B. M. Smith.
2. (P180)  The Company Commander of C Company was Major  B. P. Mitchell (Paul).
3. (P218)  Sergeant Brisland was the Gloster Medical Sergeant and was not RAMC
Although a number of accounts have been published on the war in Korea and on the Imjin battle in particular,  I believe that your book is an outstanding example of  just what can be achieved as a result of a huge amount of time and dedicated research by a single author.

– David English, 7 Platoon Commander, C Company 1 Glosters, battle veteran, POW 

 

 

One Response to “Veterans’ Comments”

  1. jan dillen Says:

    I have the book and red al the pages about the belgian- Thank you

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