The Marines at Kangyee

S. P. MacKenzie

in British Prisoners of the Korean War

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191744624 | DOI:
The Marines at Kangyee

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This chapter examines the initial Chinese efforts to convert their first British captives, a group of junior Royal Marines, in the winter of 1950-51 at Camp 10, through a mixture of indoctrination and blackmail. The focus is on the extreme physical hardships these men faced, the problems the Chinese encountered in trying to bridge a yawning cultural gap while attempting political instruction, the effect of negative British assessments of US servicemen, and the significance of the absence of any British officers or senior NCOs among the captive Royal Marines after the group was transferred to Camp 5.

Keywords: Royal Marines; Kangyee; indoctrination; blackmail; China; Camp 5

Chapter.  4994 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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