View Full Version : Tribute To The "Glosters"--Korean War

03-09-2007, 12:04 PM
I once heard this story of bravery many years ago from a British diplomat. Since then, the details of these men's bravery and sacrifice have stayed with me and I wanted to share them with you. If there are any survivors out there, please know that you have not been forgotten.


The Glouscestersire Regiment were assigned to guard one of the crossings across the Imjin River. When the Chinese first attacked, they were held up by only a couple hundred men at the crossing, now called "Gloster Crossing". But the Chinese kept attacking, and the men at Gloster Crossing ran out of ammunition. They had no choice; reduced to only one officer and less than sixty men, and relying entirely on supporting artillery, they had to fall back and rejoin the rest of the batallion on Gloster Hill.
The Glosters were fighting off the Chinese, but things were getting precarious. The Glosters were almost surrounded. Acting in desperation, Brodey sent a column of tanks up the only road to Gloster Hill, determining to blast his way throuth to the Glosters. But then disaster struck when the lead tank was hit. The tank was blown sideways, blocking the route; all hope of getting through to the Glosters vanished. Brodey's tanks left the Glosters to their fate.
During the course of the battle, (and true to their actions at Battle of Alexandria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Alexandria) in 1801 for which the regiment has the distinction of wearing badges (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_badge) both at the front and at the back of their head-dress), the 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloucestershire_Regiment) (the Glorious Glosters), and their mortar battery numbering at most 750 men in total fought on when surrounded on Gloster Hill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloster_Hill) by at least 4 Chinese divisions of 10,000 men.
Finally towards the end of the struggle, some of the Glosters prepared for the fight of their lives. Those Glosters who could planned to try to make a break for it. Those who could not run would spend the last of their ammunition providing cover fire. The Glosters set out.
The Gloucestershire Regiment had started the Battle of the Imjin with between 700-750 men. At the end of the battle, only 63 Glosters had made it back to the Allied lines. The rest were either killed or captured.

More info here: http://members.tripod.com/~Glosters/Imjin.html (http://members.tripod.com/%7EGlosters/Imjin.html)

03-09-2007, 03:20 PM
I use to work with a guy who was very proud to have served in the U.S. Art. bn. that supported the CW Brigade during the Korean War.

He had nothing but good to say about it.

03-09-2007, 03:32 PM
What a brave bunch. God Bless'em. MM

03-09-2007, 04:35 PM
Inspiring story of bravery - especially that of the two junior officers who posthumously won the the VC and GC.
Remember reading about this battle in the wardroom of HMS Gloucester, where there is a dedication to the 'Glosters' and their ordeal at Imjin River. The ship has an affiliation with the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry who are the modern 'Glosters' due to regiment amalgamation.
I believe they wear front and back cap badges also, which is a tad unusual.

03-09-2007, 05:16 PM
Not for nothing are they known as the "Glorious Glosters".
Check out thier site www.glosters.org (http://www.glosters.org)