Triumph at Kapyong … Canada’s Pivotal Battle in Korea

I have just written a book on Canada in the Korean War. Its called Triumph at Kapyong about the first battle by Canada’s first troops sent into the conflict.  In April 1951, seven hundred Canadian infantrymen, outgunned and vastly outnumbered, amateur soldiers and volunteers, were surrounded and held off a mass attack by more than 5,000 hardened Chinese veterans.

If the Canadians, members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) had not held, Seoul would have fallen. The Patricia’s received a presidential citation for their bravery from President Truman that they still wear on their uniforms.

It’s a thrilling, but little-known story of the many against the few; of a citizens’ army against professionals. The young Kapyong Canadians were soldiers from the street who joined up specifically to fight in Korea and were distrusted by the Canadian army brass who felt uneasy with these volunteers who actually wanted to fight.

I wrote this story in such a way that it would appeal to any reader in any country wanting an exciting tale, and not just to military history buffs.

The book will be out in April 2011.

I think anyone interested in heros would find this story inspiring and exciting. Here’s the publishing info:

I hope it takes your interest.

Dan Bjarnason

Toronto / November 2010


About Dan Bjarnason

Dan Bjarnason is the author of "Triumph at Kapyong, Canada's Pivotal Battle in the Korean War." Bjarnason was a television news and documentary reporter for The National at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for over 35 years, He specialized in military history and has worked on documentaries from the Little Bighorn to the Falklands. He now lives in Toronto and can be reached at:
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One Response to Triumph at Kapyong … Canada’s Pivotal Battle in Korea

  1. John McNeill says:

    I saw your interview with Peter Mansbridge a week or so ago and was taken by your thoughts and comments. I am certainly going to read your book. YOur comments drove me to the WEB and I have read a great deal of what is written there. Like most Canadians I knew nothing about Kapyong and I look forward to reading your book. I know you are busy and may not have the time to answer a question for me. In one of your interviews on the WEB you mentioned that Lt. Mike Levy called in the artillery onto the Canadian positon and received little or no credit for this until recently. In reading on the WEB one account states that it was Capt JGW Mills who called for the artillery. I note also that he received the Military Cross although possibly not for this particular action. Do you have any comment or more information on this? Thanks for writing your book, every Canadian should read it.

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