News of a topical talk to be given at the KCC on 15 July.
To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951
By Andrew Salmon
Date & Time: Thursday, 15th July 2010 6.30pm
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre UK
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 7004 2600 to reserve your place
About the Talk
2010 is the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War – a savage and intense conflict in which more British troops were killed than have been lost in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
It was in Korea in April 1951 that a legend was forged, when a British brigade, deployed along the Imjin River, faced an entire Chinese army. 29th Brigade’s three-day stand remains – nearly six decades later – the bloodiest battle fought by British soldiers since World War II. In 2001, the presenter met survivors of this epic struggle when they returned to the battleground for the 50th anniversary. Astonished by their stories and wanting to learn more, he was astounded to discover that no full account of the battle had ever been published. A keen reader of military history himself, he decided to fill the gap. To The Last Round was published by Aurum in 2009, selling out two hardback print runs.
In an illustrated lecture, Andrew will discuss the early days of the Korean War, 29th Infantry Brigade, the tactics of both sides, and the Imjin terrain. A short reading from the book will be followed by an audio-visual presentation on the battle itself.
It is Andrew’s opinion that the strategic importance of the battle – and the high cost in lives lost – make Imjin River the most significant contribution the UK has made to Korea in a historical relationship that dates back to 1797.
About the speaker
Englishman Andrew Salmon, 42, is a freelance reporter covering the Koreas for CNN, Forbes, Monocle, The South China Morning Post, The Times and The Washington Times, as well as being a contributing columnist for the leading Korean language daily, The Chosun Ilbo. Andrew has reported from the heart of riots in Busan to the eerily calm streets of Pyongyang; from the deck of a corvette patrolling off the disputed island of Dokdo, to the plush boardrooms of giant conglomerates. His interview subjects range from the only North Korean commando to survive the 1968 attack on the South Korean presidential mansion, through to occupants of that mansion and even the last descendent of Korea’s royal family.
A graduate of the University of Kent and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, his interests include martial arts, history and wining and dining. He lives in Seoul with his wife Jiyoung and their daughter Hannah.
The author of American Business and the Korean Miracle: U.S. Enterprises in Korea, 1866 – The Present (2003) and To The Last Round: The Epic British Stand On The Imjin River, Korea, 1951 (2009), he is currently working on Scorched Earth, Black Snow: The Commonwealth versus Communism, Korea, 1950 (Spring 2011).
Signed copies of To The Last Round will be available to purchase from the publishers after the talk.