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Key Roles

  • Korean War
  • UN Allies
  • Canada
  • Key Roles

A neighboring country of the US and a member nation of the NATO, Canada apprehended that behind the Norths invasion of South Korea, there was the Soviets desire of expansion. For this reason, Canada announced that the North Koreas invasion should be repelled with combined efforts of the UN nations. Five days after the war broke out, the House of the Commons of Canadian government came to an unanimous agreement on helping Korea, saying that we would give full support to any of the Canadian governments measures taken to demonstrate the efficiency of the collective security.a

On this day, Prime Minister Luis Roland also said that we should take collective security actions under the UN authority, a

Canada sent a brigade-level military forces as Turkey did. In mid- February 1951, the 2nd Battalion(PPCLI) was the first unit committed to Korea, and upon arrival in Korea the battalion was engaged in war as part of the 27th Commonwealth Brigade. The 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade sailed for Korea in April 1951 and came into the line towards the end of May. Upon arrival in Korea, the 25th Brigade was deployed as a unit of the newly established 1st Division of British Commonwealth.

In matters of military doctrine, the Canadian armed forces had much in common with the British armed forces, and unlike the Turkish soldiers the Canadian soldiers didnt have any communication problems at the Korean front. The 2nd Battalion of the Canadian forces played a big role in blocking the Chinese attack at the battle of Kapyong, demonstrating its excellent combat capabilities and its strong will to fight

Participation History

Unit, Participation Period, Note
Unit Participation Period Note
The 25th Brigade May 1951 to Dec. 1954
The Princes Patrician Light Infantry The 2nd Battalion Dec. 1950 to Nov. 1951
The 1st Battalion Oct. 1951 to Nov. 1952
The 3rd Battalion Oct. 1952 to Oct. 1953
The Royal Canadian Regiment The 2nd Battalion May 1951 to Apr. 1952
The 1st Battalion Apr. 1952 to Mar. 1953
The 3rd Battalion Mar. 1953 to Mar. 1954
The 22nd Royal Regiment The 2nd Battalion May 1951 to Apr. 1952
The 1st Battalion Apr. 1952 to Apr. 1953
The 3rd Battalion Apr. 1953 to Apr. 1954

Casualty Statistics

Total, KIA, WIA, MIA, POW
Total KIA WIA MIA POW
1,557 312 1,212 1 32