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The Princess Patricia’s go into battle in Korea

The Story

After six weeks of supplementary training upon their arrival in Korea, the troops of the Princess Patricia's go into the front lines as part of 27th British Commonwealth Brigade. On Feb. 22, the Canadians suffer their first casualties when four men are killed and one wounded in a Chinese attack on a hill simply known by its altitude in metres; 444. Bernard Kaplan reports on the regiment's grim struggles through the days that follow.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: Feb. 26, 1951
Reporter: Bernard Caplan
Duration: 2:24

Did You know?

• Equipped with bolt-action Lee-Enfield rifles, Canada's Special Force soldiers in Korea quickly found themselves at a serious disadvantage against communist troops equipped with machine guns. As a result, resourceful Canadian troops often turned to trading beer and liquor for modern weapons from their better-equipped American allies.


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