Peace Fighters and Others in Pyongyang

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:
Peace Fighters and Others in Pyongyang

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This chapter examines responses to the no-holds-barred efforts by North Korean authorities to extract intelligence and force a number of British captives taken from the prisoner columns heading northward to become active ‘peace fighters’ — producers of anti-Western propaganda — at Camp 12 in 1951. Depending on the individuals concerned the communists achieved greater success and more total failure here and in other facilities around the North Korean capital than anywhere else. A particular effort is made to explain why certain men quickly chose collaboration while others resisted to the point of serious injury or death, taking into account factors ranging from army rank and reserve status to social and political background.

Keywords: peace fighters; propaganda; North Korea; Pyongyang; army rank; reserve status

Chapter.  9430 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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