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.
Toronto / November 2010