A War of Patrols: Canadian Army Operations in Korea by William JohnstonA War of Patrols: Canadian Army Operations in Korea by William Johnston

A War of Patrols: Canadian Army Operations in Korea

byWilliam Johnston

Hardcover | May 1, 2003

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The extended peace the world anticipated following the decisive Allied victory in the Second World War was abruptly shattered in June 1950 by the invasion of South Korea by communist North Korea. Responding to a United Nations’ call to assist the South Korean regime, Canada deployed an 8000-man brigade to the peninsula to fight as part of an American-led UN force. This comprehensive account of the Canadian campaign in Korea provides the first detailed study of the training, leadership, operations, and tactics of the brigade under each of its three wartime commanders as well as its relationship with American and Commonwealth allies. An impeccably researched analytical history, the book examines the uneven performance of the various Canadian units and argues that the soldiers of the "Special Force" initially sent to Korea were more thorough and professional in their operations than were the army’s regular battalions that eventually replaced them at the front.
William Johnston is Historian with the Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa.
Title:A War of Patrols: Canadian Army Operations in KoreaFormat:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 2003Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774810084

ISBN - 13:9780774810081

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very thorough and informative This book is very well researched and gives a detailed description of the Canadian infantry contribution in the Korean War, both positive ( early initiative and vigorous patrol work by first contingents on the front ) to the not so wonderful ( later contingents at the front being arrogant, career soldiers, more skilled in parade and spit and polish, than getting out and proactively denying the Chinese a foothold ; when replacement units of other nations complain about the state of affairs with too much ground given to the enemy, indeed there is a problem ). A fine work and a tribute and balance look at the contribution of Canadian soldiers in this conflict.
Date published: 2014-04-09

Table of Contents


Prologue: Verrieres Ridge, Normandy, July 1944

1 War and Recruitment, June - August 1950

2 Rocky’s Army, September 1950 - April 1951

3 Into Battle, December 1950 - March 1951

4 Kap’yong, April 1951

5 The Brigade Arrives, May - July 1951

6 The Commonwealth Division, July - October 1951

7 The First Rotation, October 1951

8 No Withdrawal, No Panic, November 1951

9 The Active Defence, December 1951 - April 1952

10 The Professionals, May - June 1952

11 The Inactive Defence, July - October 1952

12 On the Hook, November 1952 - April 1953

13 The Third Battalions, May - July 1953





Editorial Reviews

This is far and away the most valuable study of the Canadians in Korea. Johnston’s work has the depth of archival research characteristic of the best official historians, while his iconoclastic, analytical approach yields new insights and new ways of looking at old questions. There will be considerable interest in this book in the United States, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as Canada.– Terry Copp, author of Fields of Fire: The Canadians in NormandyA War of Patrols will become the standard work on the subject of the Korean war. Johnston has done a mountain of work in the primary sources and has a complete command of the secondary literature as well. This is scholarship at its best.– Marc Milner, author of Canada’s Navy: The First Century