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Battle of Sariwon, Korea

17 OCT 1950: Korea, and the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment is in action at Sariwon. In a bold bluff, the battalion’s second-in-command, Major Ferguson, convinces at least 1,500 North Korean soldiers to surrender at Sariwon during confused fighting. The Battle of Sariwon took place on 17 October 1950 during the United Nations (UN) counter-offensive against the North Korean forces which had invaded South Korea.

With many North Korean units falling back under pressure from UN forces the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade under Brigadier Basil Coad—comprising the 1st Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment, the 1st Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment and 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment—captured the town of Sariwon during a confused and largely one-sided action.

Elements of the 7th US Cavalry Regiment were also involved. North Korean casualties included 215 killed and more than 3,700 captured, whilst British-Commonwealth losses were 1 killed and 3 wounded (all of them from the Argylls). Pictured; Australian troops riding on a US Army Sherman tank at Sariwon in October 1950. More;

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