Why is the Korean War ‘The forgotten War’?

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Two unidentified members of 2RAR stand above their front-line positions near the Hook the day after the armistice. From Australian War Memorial.

The Battle of the Samichon River – The Hook, took place between the 24th and the 26th of July 1953 between the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army – namely the Chinese 137th Division – and the forces of the UN of which the Australian Army had deployed a sizeable contingent. The main belligerents on the side of good and noble freedom were the Second Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), with the Marines from the 7th Regiment, 2nd Marine Division on their left flank. 2RAR would subsequently be awarded their unit’s battle honours for what would ensue.

The Hook was key terrain located in the Samichon Valley which jutted out from the Jamestown Line and into enemy territory held by the Chinese Communist Forces. The engagement began when Chinese forces used the cover of dark in the evening of the 24th to probe Australian and US positions along the ridgeline with small arms fire. Each probe was ‘detected and engaged’ by the Australian Forces. By 9pm that evening however, the Chinese had commenced their heavy artillery bombardment all across the Hook. As the Australian War Memorial site explains:

“Just before 9 pm, Chinese artillery opened fire on the Australian and American positions, after which a ground assault was sent against the Australians at Hill 121 and the Marines’ positions at Hill 111, as well as positions further to the left such as Boulder City. Also stationed on Hill 111 was a section from 2RAR’s medium machine-gun platoon, under the command of Sergeant Brian Cooper. These men were tasked with providing fire support to the left forward company (C Company, 2RAR) on the Hook”.

Subsequent waves of Chinese infantry swept onto the positions held by the Australian forces and US Marines. Frenzied hand to hand fights followed which, on a number of occasions, required calling in friendly artillery on top of UN held positions. The following morning as the attacks slowly subsided “SGT Cooper looked out from his position and saw many Chinese dead to his front, and the valley below littered with Chinese bodies”. A hasty rebuilding of defences was made in scant time before the onslaught continued into the early hours of the 26th of July. Then “at 3 am on 26 July, the Chinese senior command called off their offensive. The 137th Division had been smashed by a determined and dogged defence by the men of 2RAR, the 7th Marine Regiment and the artillery of the 1st Commonwealth Division and Marines’ 1st Division”.

This was the last ditch effort for the forces of Asian Communism to secure solid ground before talks of a ceasefire. The intent was to commence negotiations from a position of power. They were denied that position by freedom loving, rogue vagabonds who relished in the glorious slaughter of Commie filth. This is the stuff of which legends are made, yet we hear so little about it and many similar feats of unbridled heroism.

The Korean War in particular has been neglected in a way that very few Wars have been, and it’s for one simple reason: It was a War fought against Communist aggression in which Western forces prevailed and the liberated land went on to prosper considerably. It was in every sense a victory for the free world, a justification of the Truman doctrine, and it highlighted the foulness of Communism and its inevitable failure.

Let us make absolutely no illusion as to how such neglect can happen. Western Universities have been plagued by every manner of Marxist dogma since the end of World War 2, and it is quite obvious that every effort has been made to ignore the job well done in Korea while exacerbating the calamities of the Vietnam Conflict. A conflict which, again, saw Communist forces suffer serious ground defeats yet strike serious blows to the national psyche, along with the Democrat-dominated legislative branch of the US government.

Yet it’s not only Korea that has been neglected; the entirety of the Battle against Malayan Communists has been all but erased from our collective conscience. Left leaning academics have done an outstanding job of erasing history that doesn’t suit their Socialist Utopian vision, and have created a world where the sum total of Western aggression against the scourge of Communism has amounted to tragic human rights violations in Vietnam.

This must not be allowed to stand. Remember the Second Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. Remember the leather neck Marines of the 7th Regiment. Remember the artillery gunners of the 1st Commonwealth Division and the 1st Marine Division. Remember the machine gunners of 2RAR’s medium machine gun platoon. Remember Sergeant Brian Cooper. And if none of this hits home hard enough to move you, remember the treacherous leftist historians who erased the true picture of the Cold War and replaced it with a distorted, skewed image that portrays us and our allies as the aggressors, and has reduced our heroes to baby killers.

Lest We Forget the righteous pummelling of Communist filth.