The Last Battle of a Forgotten War

A commemoration for the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Samichon River - the Hook.

The Korean War was a bloody clash between countries and political ideologies.

After three years of fighting, and with a long awaited Armistice only days away, the Chinese communists saw one last opportunity for a victory. Their assault on the Hook, a section of the UN defended frontline which included soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), began on the evening of 24 July.

Determined to gain advantage before the ceasefire, the Chinese attacked the UN forces, including the 2RAR soldiers. After three days of intense fighting the guns fell silent with the Armistice on 27 July 1953.

The display also features the personal notebook and diary of 2RAR drum major Sergeant Kerry Smith. In it he makes comment on the impact this battle had on his life.

This display was a collaboration between the Museum of Tropical Queensland and 2RAR Museum.

Homepage image credit: Australian War Memorial





Event Details

27 July 2018 09:30 AM - 31 March 2019 05:00 PM