Far Eastern tour : the experiences of the Canadian infantry in Korea, 1950-53

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dc.contributor.author Watson, Brent Byron
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-08T18:03:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-08T18:03:41Z
dc.date.copyright 1999 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-12-08
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8843
dc.description.abstract Canadian ground troops took an active part in United Nations operations during the Korean War. Although the Army's contribution of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group was small by First and Second World War standards, only the Republic of Korea, the United States and Great Britain fielded larger contingents. The core of the 25th Brigade consisted of three infantry battalions. They contained most of the Brigade's effective manpower, and bore the brunt of the fighting. Despite the infantry's pre-eminent role in Korea, their experiences up to now remain forgotten. This thesis examines the ordeal of Canadian combat soldiers in the Far East and shows how they suffered horrendous, often unnecessary, hardships at the hands of an indifferent high command. From the outset, Canadian infantrymen were neither properly trained nor equipped for the combat conditions they encountered. Battlefield performance and combat motivation suffered accordingly. The infantry's problems extended into other areas. Insufficient indoctrination left soldiers poorly prepared for the non-combat aspects of service in the Far East, leading some to question the purpose of Canadian involvement in Korea. Medical preparations were also inadequate, making soldiers susceptible to a variety of infectious diseases. In the combat zone, little regard was shown for soldiers' welfare. Infantrymen lived like beggars without even the most basic comforts and amenities, relying on alcohol to assuage the discomforts of life in the field. Clearly, the Canadian infantry was plagued by problems in Korea. These problems shaped the experiences of Canadian combat soldiers, making their Far Eastern tours far more difficult and dangerous than they need have been. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Canadian Army en_US
dc.subject Infantry en_US
dc.subject Regimental histories en_US
dc.subject Korean War,1950-1953 en_US
dc.title Far Eastern tour : the experiences of the Canadian infantry in Korea, 1950-53 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Zimmerman, David
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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