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SOUTH AFRICA'S FLYING CHEETAHS IN KOREA

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Author(s): Ian Van der Waag

Journal: Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies
ISSN 2224-0020

Volume: 23;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Dermot Moore and Peter Bagshawe | ISBN 1-874800-15-4 | 25 June 1950 | North Korea | Western Powers | despatched a multinational task force | United Nations | The United Nations Forces (UNF) | 1st Commonwealth Division | No 2 Squadron SAAF | Panmunjom | SOUTH AFRICA

ABSTRACT
On 25 June 1950, the army of North Korea crossed the thirty-eighth parallel to attack their southern neighbours. Western Powers responded quickly and despatched a multinational task force, under a United Nations banner, to the conflict area. The United Nations Forces (UNF) included a South African contingent of one fighter bomber squadron (No 2 Squadron SAAF), a liaison headquarters and ten army officers attached to 1st Commonwealth Division. By October, the North Koreans were routed. However, the intervention of Communist China resulted in a prolonged war which eventually ended in a stalemate at Panmunjom on 27 July 1953.
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