The Glosters at Chongson

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 Glosters at Chongson

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This chapter details the experiences of the largest single batch of British prisoners taken in the Korean War at the Battle of Imjin in April 1951, who proved more resistant to the communists than those taken earlier. The effects of the marginally less arduous march northward to Camp 1, the short- and long-term impact of a relatively large and active contingent of ‘reactionary’ officers and senior NCOs initially present, responses to a US camp population that appeared to have collapsed into a mixture of hopelessness and anarchy, and strategies of resistance relating to everything from variety shows to escape attempts will be examined. The chapter then chronicles the relative failure of Chinese attempts at creating in Camp 1 the relative docility achieved in Camp 5, and explores how Chongson became a comparatively ‘reactionary’ camp for the British.

Keywords: Chongson; propaganda; escape; resistance; China; reactionaries; anarchy

Chapter.  19732 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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