1951: Korea

Senior personnel from 3 RAR

During 1951, the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR), fighting as part of a British Commonwealth Brigade in Korea, was engaged in the two most significant and commemorated battles of the Australian Army’s deployment to the three-year Korean War.

The battles of Kapyong (23–24 April 1951) and Maryang San (2–8 October 1951) were significant confrontations with a numerically superior enemy force, and saw 3 RAR win the first honours for the newly formed Royal Australian Regiment.

Battle of Kapyong

Battle of Maryang San

Kapyong was a defensive operation, while Maryang San was an offensive operation. Both however, demonstrated 3 RAR’s ability to conduct close combat with great skill and courage under different tactical circumstances, great adversity, and against overwhelming numbers. Kapyong and Maryang San are Battle Honours proudly emblazoned on the Colours of the Royal Australian Regiment.

By Dr Andrew Richardson