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70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong

22-25 April 2021 is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong, Canada’s most significant action of the Korean War. Fought in the hills above the Kapyong Valley, Canadian and United Nations soldiers held back a major enemy offensive.


Remembering the Battle of Kapyong

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Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

The Battle of Kapyong was a defining moment in Canada’s proud military history. In the most challenging of conditions, the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry helped prevent a costly defeat for the South Korean and United Nations forces. The outcome could have easily been different, if not for the brave Canadians who held off an enemy force several times their own size. They held the line, but it came at a cost. Ten Canadians were killed. 23 were wounded. And many others carried the burdens of war with them for the rest of their lives.

Michael Danagher, Canadian Ambassador to Korea

Behind me is Hill 677, this is the site where the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry made their stand. The Patricias were following a fine tradition of Canadian stubbornness. The Royal Canadian Regiment and Royal 22nd Regiment would also make their mark during the Korean War, halting enemy advances with unwavering support from the Canadian Armoured, Artillery and Engineering Regiments as well as Field Ambulances and Logistics Corps. I have been told by the men who fought here, of their disbelief, as wave after wave of the enemy attacked their positions. They witnessed their friends die while they battled on.

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

70 years later, we remember the Canadians who stood fast at Kapyong, and all those who went off in service of peace during the Korean War.

Lest we forget.

Battle of Kapyong

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The Battle of Kapyong

From 22-25 April 1951, Canadian and United Nations troops fought a difficult battle in the hills above the Kapyong Valley on the Korean Peninsula.


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The Korean War began on 25 June 1950 when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. United Nations forces soon joined the fighting, which ended with an armistice on 27 July 1953.


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