Chapter

The Ulsters at Pyoktong

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656028.003.0004
The Ulsters at Pyoktong

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This chapter deals with the second, larger group of British prisoners taken by the Chinese at the start of 1951, mostly from the Royal Ulster Rifles. Attention is paid to the effects of the grueling march northward to Pyoktong; initial conditions when the camp was under North Korean control; the impact of mixing with American prisoners whose cohesion had collapsed; the consequences of the transfer of camp responsibility from the North Koreans to the Chinese that took place later in 1951; the Chinese line on the inclusion of propaganda in order for outgoing mail to be sent; active indoctrination as well as more subtle propaganda; and the limited number of British officers and senior NCOs present. The chapter also illustrates the comparative malleability of the British prisoner population at Camp 5 down to the end of the war.

Keywords: Pyoktong; Royal Ulster Rifles; China; propaganda; mail; indoctrination

Chapter.  16382 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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