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.
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