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Korean War

1950 – 1953

The Korean War started on 25 June 1950, when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. United Nations forces soon joined the fighting, which would rage until an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict. Sadly, 516 Canadians died. Long seen as a forgotten war, the Korean War is now recognized as an important chapter in Canada's military history.

Classroom materials

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Lesson plan: Ages 5-11

Canada Remembers the Korean War Postcards for Peace

To help youth understand the significance of the sacrifices and achievements of Canada's Veterans or Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.

Lesson plan: Ages 12-18

Youth Remember the Korean War Armistice A Brush with the Korean War - Hill 355

To familiarize students with the contributions and sacrifices made by Canadians at Hill 355 during the Korean War.

Lesson plan: Ages 12-18

Remembrance Dog Tags – Fallen Canadians in the Korean War

To increase youth awareness of Canadians who served in the Korean War and died in service.

Order of events

25 June 1950

Korean War begins when North Korean troops invade the south

August 1950

The Canadian Army Special Force is created for service in the Korean War

15 September 1950

United Nations forces begin landings at Inchon and drive the North Koreans back across the 38th Parallel

October 1950

Chinese troops begin crossing the Yalu river to support North Korean forces

February 1951

Canadian soldiers first reach the front lines

24 - 25 April 1951

Canadians see action in the Battle of Kapyong

22-25 November 1951

Royal 22e Régiment sees heavy action at Hill 355

2 October 1952

Enemy gunfire hits HMCS Iroquois off the coast of Korea

27 July 1953

The Korea Armistice Agreement is signed. Three years of fighting ends.


Last Canadian troops leave Korea

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