2nd Infantry Division (South Korea)

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2nd Infantry Division
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Active Formed May 12, 1949
Country Republic of Korea
Branch Republic of Korea Army
Type Infantry
Part of III_Corps_(South_Korea)
Nickname "Furious Wave"
Engagements

Korean War

The 2nd Infantry Division is a military formation of the Republic of Korea Army (ROK Army). It was formed during the Korean War and was part of the defensive line in the Third Battle of Seoul.

It appears to have consisted of the 17th, 31st, and 32nd Regiments (Korean Wikipedia).

History[edit]

The 17th Infantry participated in the Battle of Pusan Perimeter.[1]

Beginning on December 26, 1950, Communist Chinese Forces struck hard at United Nations units on the western approaches to Seoul. Supporting attacks occurred as well in the central and eastern parts of the line. The Chinese hit the ROK units hard, and again several units broke. Two out of three regiments of the 2nd Division fled the battlefield, leaving the 17th Regiment to fight alone and hold its position for hours despite heavy losses. General Ridgway reluctantly ordered a general, but orderly, withdrawal, with units instructed to maintain contact with the enemy during their retreat, rather than simply giving up real estate without inflicting losses on the enemy.[2]

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