'The Armageddon North of Seoul' - Battlefield Tour: Imjin River

Date: 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 -
8:00am to 6:00pm
Destination(s): 
Imjin river area
Cost: 
55,000won for Members and 66,000 for Non-members
Tour Leader: 
Mr. Andrew Salmon
  

'The Armageddon North of Seoul' 

Battlefield Tour: Imjin River

 

Meeting Point:  In front of the Yongsan Post Office, near Exit 1, Sinyongsan subway station (신용산역) (Blue line/Line 4, #429). At 8:00 am. 

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by clicking here.  

** Lunch is not included in the price of the excursion. 

KOREA, 22:30 HRS, 22 APRIL, 1951: Along a 40-mile front, a third of a million Chinese and North Korean troops storm south. Their objective: Annihilate the main UN force and seize Seoul by May Day. Subsequently dubbed “The Armageddon North of Seoul” by South Korean historians, the “Spring Offensive” is not only the greatest attack of the Korean War, but remains to this day the largest communist offensive launched anywhere on earth since the Red Army’s storm on Berlin in 1945.  

At the epicenter of this hurricane, on the Imjin River 30 miles north of Seoul, stands the Anglo-Belgian 29th Infantry Brigade. Outnumbered 7-1, the brigade battles China’s 63rd Army for three harrowing nights. On the morning of 25 April, the entire UN line withdraws. In a death ride down a four-mile gauntlet, the brigade breaks out - but for one battalion, it is too late. Cut off, surrounded on a napalm-scorched hilltop inside enemy territory, the “Glorious Glosters” regroup for their last stand.

 

Today, the Korean War is customarily viewed through the prisms of politicians and generals. However, our tour offers a “through the gunsight” view, focusing on the experiences of soldiers at the sharp end.

 

We will stand in trenches overlooking the river where Chinese spearheads were massacred; stand on the fortified hilltop where a young lieutenant won a Victoria Cross at the cost of his life (and hear one theory for why he acted as he did); halt where a colonel was killed with his rearguard as brigade positions were overrun. We will hear of premonitions of death and the sinister “Black Widow;” we will hear what it was like to face the “human wave” in night combat; and we will learn how trauma manifests decades later.

 

Some hill walking is required; hiking shoes are recommended.  All the 1951 strongpoints remain fortified by the ROK Army as second-echelon positions south of the DMZ. Please wear subdued clothing and be sensitive with photography.

 

For those who wish to memorialize the fallen: Wreaths may be laid on the “Castle Site” position, where Gloster's A Co was wiped out; on the rearguard site where the brigade was overrun; or at the memorial in “Gloster Valley” - the site of the doomed battalion’s final hours.

 

 

About the Guide:

 

Andrew Salmon, Northeast Asia editor of Asia Times is the author of two Korean War histories, including the definitive To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, named “Best Military Book of 2009” in the UK, chosen as one of the “Top Ten” books on Korea by the Wall Street Journal, and winner of a “Korean Wave” award at Seoul’s National Assembly in 2010. Andrew has guided veterans, civilian organizations and ROK, UK and US military units. In 2016, he was awarded the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for his work on the war. 

 

[Interview] Andrew Salmon on the role of British soldiers in the Korean War 

 

Please register your RSVP for the Imjin River tour
by Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by clicking here.
 
Please register one RSVP at a time.

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                 ☞Payment to be remitted to the following account:
         SHINHAN BANK ACCOUNT # 100-026-383501 (RAS-KB)

 

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