April 23-25, 1951 – In an effort to capture Seoul, Chinese troops attempt to advance along the Kapyong Valley, which is defended by Australian and Canadian troops.
The Battle of Kapyong, also known as the Battle of Jiaping, was fought during the Korean War.
The two forward battalions—3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI)—occupy positions astride the valley and hastily develop defences. As thousands of South Korean soldiers began to withdraw through the valley, the Chinese infiltrate the brigade position under the cover of darkness, and assault the Australians on Hill 504 during the evening and into the following day.
In several days of vicious fighting, the Australians and Canadians manage to hold off a much larger force of Chinese soldiers and inflict heavy casualties on them.
The Chinese eventually abandon the attack, and Seoul is saved. The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) is awarded a US Presidential Citation for its heroic stand against the Chinese.
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