United Nations Partisan Infantry Korea
|United Nations Partisan Infantry Korea
|Active||Feb 1951-Feb 1954|
|Country|| United States
Republic of Korea
|Type||Special operations, Guerrilla|
|Part of||8th US Army|
|Nickname(s)||The White Tigers|
The United Nations Partisan Infantry Korea (UNPIK), also known as the White Tigers, was a unit during the Korean War that was consolidated under the control of Eighth United States Army, Korea's 8th Army G-3 Miscellaneous Group, 8086th and 8240th Army Unit. The details of the undercover operation were made public by the US Army in 1990. The unit worked deep inside North Korea to gather intelligence, conduct raids and sabotage, rescue POWs, recruit and lead guerrilla armies and create confusion in the enemy’s rear.
The island Wollaedo in the Yellow Sea was used as a base by pro-Southern partisans during the war. This position was regularly bombarded by Northern artillery on the mainland of Cape Changsan. In 1952, a group of partisans working together with UNPIK landed on the cape. They successfully took control of and destroyed the artillery site, escaping with small losses.
UNPIK was disbanded in 1954.
Legacy and commemoration
- Malcom, Ben S. (2003). White Tigers: My Secret War in North Korea. Brassey's. ISBN 1-57488-605-3.
- Kipler, Richard L. (August 2003). "Unconventional Warfare in Korea: Forgotten aspect of the 'Forgotten War'" (PDF). Special Warfare. John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. 16 (2): 26–37. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- "The White Tigers" The History Channel DVD series Archived December 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- The White Tigers Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine
- 8240th Army Unit Association page on the United Nations Partisan Forces Korea (UNPFK)
- List of medals and patches
- My Secret War in North Korea, book review
- http://www.korean-war.com/specops.html The Korean War, United Nations Special Operations in Korea DEAD LINK
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