By late evening, battle had been fully joined. [50], Had the Chinese achieved a breakthrough in the initial stages of their assault, they would have been able to outflank the 1st ROK Division to the west and the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division to the east of the 29th Brigade. To counter the Chinese attack and protect the Glosters from being completely surrounded, the Philippine 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT) was temporarily attached to the 29th Brigade.

[43][41], Continued Chinese pressure on the UN forces along the Imjin prevented a planned US attack by the Puerto Ricans of the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 65th Infantry, to relieve the Glosters. The Battle of the Imjin River (Filipino: Labanan sa Ilog Imjin ), also known as the Battle of Solma-ri (Korean: 설마리 전투 ) or Battle of Gloster Hill (글로스터 고지 전투 ) in South Korea, or as Battle of Xuemali (Chinese: 雪马里战斗; pinyin: Xuě Mǎ Lǐ Zhàn Dòu) in China, took place 22–25 April 1951 during the Korea Veteran Tommy Clough recalls the Battle of the Imjin River during the Korean War. Of the 1,091 soldiers killed, wounded or missing, 620 were from the Gloucestershire Regiment, which could muster 217 men on 27 April. Luxembourg's contribution to the UN forces, United States Distinguished Unit Citation, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment, File:Gloucestershire Regiment Presidential Unit Citation Ceremony.jpg, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. The Battle of the Imjin River, also known as the Battles of Solma-ri (Korean: 설마리 전투) or Battle of Gloster Hill (글로스터 고지 전투) in South Korea, or as Battle of Xuemali (Chinese: 雪马里战斗; pinyin: Xuě Mǎ Lǐ Zhàn Dòu) in China, took place 22–25 April 1951 during the Korean War. [38], On 23 April, attempts to regain control of areas lost during the night by the Fusiliers and American forces from the 3rd Infantry Division's reserve failed. The British soldiers were a mixture of regular soldiers, reservists and conscripted National servicemen. Thanks for watching! [39][40][41], At around 8.30pm on 23 April, the forward companies of the Glosters, A and D companies, were withdrawn from their positions after suffering heavy casualties. [21] That battle became known as the Battle of Kapyong. [34] Although Y Company was not attacked directly, Chinese forces threatened its flanks by forcing Z and X Companies from their positions. Join us today as we look at the 'Glorious Gloster's Last Stand, at the Battle of Imjin River.' [51][page needed][52][page needed][53][page needed], According to a memorandum presented to the British cabinet on 26 June 1951, 29th Brigade suffered 1,091 casualties, including 34 officers and 808 other ranks missing. Gim Myeongweon's northern defense was defeated and the Japanese were able to cross over and invade northern Korea. The British embassy’s account of the battle states that only 67 officers and other ranks remained with the regiment after battle. The Battle of the Imjin River, also known as the Battle of Solma-ri or the Battle of Xuemali took place 22–25 April 1951 during the Korean War. [32] Elements of the 29th Brigade’s reserve, the 1st RUR, were deployed forward at about 10pm to secure the crossing but were soon engaged by Chinese forces trying to cross the river. The first contact between British and Chinese forces was made at 09:45 and, throughout the day, small parties of Chinese advanced to the UN and ROK front line. [24] The XIX Army Group was positioned on the left flank of the UN line. [3], A portion of the Korean army thus crossed the river and rushed past the abandoned Japanese campsite into the ambush.

The historical error in the game is that the Koreans have infantry forces only, while Japanese have balanced combined armed forces. "Brigadier Brodie determined to deploy his men in separate unit positions, centred upon key hill features"[28] On the left flank, the Glosters were guarding a ford over the Imjin, known as Gloster crossing; the RNF were deployed near the centre, around two miles northeast of the Glosters; the Belgians, occupying a feature called Hill 194 on the right, were the only element of the 29th Brigade north of the river. [21] The right flank of the ROK 12th Regiment, the nearest position of the ROK 1st Division, was a mile to the southwest of the Gloucestershire Regiment, while the US 3rd Infantry Division was east of the 29th Brigade. Afterwards the three divisions split up. A more experienced commander, Yu Geuk-ryang, was unable to dissuade him and ended up leading the charge himself after being accused of cowardice. Gim Myeongweon's northern defense was defeated and the Japanese were able to cross over and invade northern Korea. About 400 "Glorious … About 70 British veterans and the British ambassador to South Korea took part in the event. Since Brigadier Brodie had left the final decision to Lieutenant-Colonel Carne, the Glosters' CO "gave the order to his company commanders to make for the British lines as best as they could" on the morning of 25 April. These bridges connected the Belgians with Route 11, the 29th Brigade’s main line of supply and communication, and thus made vehicular movement between the north and south banks of the river possible. When I was a young boy, my Grandfather spoke about the 'Glorious Glosters.' [3], The Japanese crossed the river by 7 July and took Kaesong without a fight. [27], The deployment of UN forces meant that the 29th Brigade, with its four battalions, had to cover a front of 12 miles (19 km). Also the game shows the river having a bridge, which was not the case until the 20th century. [44] Only the remains of D Company under the command of Major Mike Harvey escaped successfully from Gloster Hill and reached the safety of friendly lines after several days.

The Japanese forces arrived at the Imjin River without difficulty, but found that the Koreans had finally managed to mount an effective defense, and had 10,000 soldiers amassed on the far bank under the command of Gim Myeongweon.[1]. C Company, under Major Paul Mitchell, retreated as well, but it was impossible for B Company, under Major Denis Harding, to disengage and join the battalion's remaining elements on and near Hill 235, a position between the Imjin and the Seolmacheon stream that became known as Gloster Hill. [28][30] Further support was provided by Centurion tanks of C Squadron, 8th Hussars, under the command of Major Henry Huth and by 55 Squadron, Royal Engineers.