~Canadians in Korea~ What were the most important contributions made by Canadians and the UN to the Korean conflict? Topic: Canadians in the Korean Conflict

Essay by latin_hottieHigh School, 10th grade January 2003

download word file, 5 pages 4.6

Downloaded 46 times

On June 25, 1950 the forces of North Korea crossed the 38th parallel into the South Korea. This date would mean the beginning of a bloody war, the 38th parallel was the line that initially separated North and South Korea and soon would be not a border line but a battle line. This was trespassed with an attack meant to invasion, the United Nations recognized this aggression and decided to aid South Korea and resist the invader. The United States, Britain and Canada were the greatest contributors in this war. At the time of the war, St. Laurent was Canada's Prime Minister did not immediately commit Canadian forces into war, because they had been limited to defend Canada after WWII. However, on August 7, 1950 Prime Minister decided to send a brigade in aid to South Korea. Even though, Canada's contribution was hardly mentioned because of the comparison with the US, Canada wanted to keep the UN's goals and looked forward for peace and freedom.

This was shown with the exceeded contributions made to South Korea in this war, air support, the Canadian Army Special Force and its Naval Support. Korea was Canada's last war until now, but it hasn't been forgotten by those who fought for the UN in a so distant country.

"But Canada's efforts to prevent Communists advances were not limited to Korea... most Canadians loathed the alternative to their democratic system, they treasured that system all the more." (John English, Years of Growth 1948-1967 (Toronto, Grolier Limited, 1986) 36. This is an evidence of the contrariety that Canada felt for Communism and as a response its air support was outstanding. As a demonstration of the NATO commitment of peace and defence, Canada stated an air division in Western Europe. The No. 426 Transport Squadron, involved 6...