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Canada in the Korean War
More than 26,700 Canadians served in the United Nations force that came to South Korea’s aid after troops from communist North Korea invaded on June 25, 1950. More than 1,200 Canadians were wounded and 516 lost their lives in the conflict that continued for three years until the signing of an armistice on July 27, 1953. Despite the armistice, a true peace was never secured and tensions continue to run high between the two Koreas, divided at the thirty-eighth parallel.
Canadian War Museum post-1945 historian Andrew Burtch and Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre — who served from 2018 to 2019 as Deputy Commander of the United Nations Command in Korea — discuss Canada’s role in Korea, during the war and beyond, in this episode of the Stories Behind the History podcast.
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