Battle of Sariwon

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Battle of Sariwon
Part of the Korean War
Australian troops riding on a US Army Sherman tank at Sariwon in October 1950
Australian troops riding on a US Army Sherman tank at Sariwon in October 1950
Date17 October 1950
LocationSariwon, North Korea
Result British-Commonwealth victory

 United Nations:

 North Korea
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Basil Aubrey Coad
Casualties and losses
1 killed, 3 wounded 215 killed, 3,700 captured

The Battle of Sariwon took place on 17 October 1950 during the United Nations (UN) counter-offensive against the North Korean forces which had invaded South Korea. With many North Korean units falling back under pressure from UN forces the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade under Brigadier Basil Coad—–comprising the 1st Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highland Regiment, the 1st Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment and 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment—–captured the town of Sariwon during a confused and largely one-sided action. Elements of the 7th US Cavalry Regiment were also involved. North Korean casualties included 215 killed and more than 3,700 captured, whilst British-Commonwealth losses were 1 killed and 3 wounded (all of them from the Argylls).[1]


  1. ^ Coulthard-Clark 1998, p 256.


  • Coulthard-Clark, Chris (1998). Where Australians Fought: The Encyclopaedia of Australia's Battles. St Leonards: Allen and Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-611-2.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bartlett, Norman, ed. (1960). With the Australians in Korea (Third ed.). Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australian War Memorial. OCLC 488462542.
  • Farrar-Hockley, Anthony (1990). The British Part in the Korean War: A Distant Obligation. Volume I. London, England: HMSO. ISBN 0-11-630953-9.
  • O'Neill, Robert (1985). Australia in the Korean War 1950–53: Combat Operations. Volume II. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australian War Memorial. ISBN 978-0-642-04330-6.
  • Pears, Maurie (2007). Battlefield Korea: The Korean Battle Honours of the Royal Australian Regiment, 1950–1953. Loftus, New South Wales: Australian Military History Publications. ISBN 9780980379600.

Coordinates: 38°30′23″N 125°45′35″E / 38.50639°N 125.75972°E / 38.50639; 125.75972