From the Imjin to the Hook: A National Service Gunner in the Korean War -

From the Imjin to the Hook: A National Service Gunner in the Korean War



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The British Army's considerable contribution to The Korean War 1950 1953 was largely composed of 'conscripts' or national servicemen. Plucked from civilian life on a 'lottery' basis and given a short basic training, some like Jim Jacobs volunteered for overseas duty and suddenly found themselves in the thick of a war as intensive and dangerous as anything the Second World War had had to offer. As a member of 170 Independent Mortar Battery RA from March 1951 to June 1952 Jim was in the frontline at the famous Battle of the Imjin River. By great luck he evaded capture and death unlike so many. He returned to the UK only to volunteer again for a second tour with 120 Light Battery from March 1953 to March 1954. During this period he was in the thick of the action at the Third Battle of the Hook during May 1953. In this gripping memoir Jim calmly and geographically recounts his experiences and emotions from joining the Army through training, the journeys by troopship and, most importantly, on active service in the atrocious and terrifying war fighting that went on in a very foreign place. 16 pages of b/w plates

Product code: 9781781593431

ISBN 9781781593431
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 223
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
The Korean War is enjoying growing popularity and interest after years of neglect. A unique account by a conscript who was uniquely present at two of the key battles of the War. The author records his extraordinary experiences with modest understatement