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 FOREWORD

BY BRIGADIER H.H DEANE, DSO

LIEUTENANT COLONEL COMMANDING THE
BATTALION KOREA 1951-52

I am very pleased to have the opportunity of writing a short
Foreword to this coverage of the Services on the 1st. Battalion, The
Welch Regiment, during the year they spent on active service in
Korea. We left the United Kingdom under strength in various parts
of the Battalion, but in particular with one of the four rifle compa-
nies having only a skeleton staff of Officers and HQ personnel. The
Battalion was made up of a mixture of Officers and Other Ranks
from the Welsh Brigade and was also a mixture of Regulars and
National Servicemen.

Here 1 would like to pay tribute to the young National Servicemen
who played a most important part throughout. They performed
their tasks most efficiently, under very difficult and testing
conditions - in terrain which was rugged and where the weather
conditions were often very trying. They were always cheerful and
in spite of everything, including dealing with an active enemy,
their morale and spirit remained high. Altogether 1 was very proud
of those young men, both Officers and Other Ranks.

it is also worth mentioning the Commonwealth Division - a
unique formation, which we were destined to join. Here again,
there was a very mixed bag consisting of Canadians, New
Zealanders, Australians and British - all with different back-
grounds and outlooks. The general spirit and morale within the
division the friendly rivalry and the willingness to help each other

 was most marked and I personally found it a great experience to
serve with the Battalion in such a Division.

I would also like to pay tribute to a body of men who did not often
receive plaudits. 1 refer to the Korean porters who were attached to
each Battalion and did all sorts of jobs, particularly humping great
loads around and thereby relieving the troops from that heavy
labour. They were uncomplaining, loyal to the unit to which they
were attached and very much did their bit in assisting units of the
Division both in and out of the line.

I am grateful to Bryn Owen for the part he has played in the compi-
lation of this record. It will stand as a permanent source of refer-
ence for future generations, whose fathers and grandfathers spent a
year on active service in 1951 - 52 in a far away country playing
their part in upholding the ideals of freedom.


Littleton Panell,
Devizes
(1997)

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 "THIS IS DETAILED  AND EXTREMELY INTERESTING RECORD OF THE ACTIONS WHICH RESULTED IN THE AWARD OF THE ONLY BATTLE HONOUR WHICH HAS BEEN WON BY A BATTALION OF THE ROYAL WELSH OR ANY OF ITS PREDECESSORS, SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR- KOREA 1951- 52"

"FURTHERMORE IT WILL NOT HAVE ESCAPED THE NOTICE OF MOST FORMER SOLDIERS AND MILITARY HISTORIANS THAT THE FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN TODAY HAS BEEN DESCRIBED BY THE GENERAL IN
COMMAND THERE, AS

"BEING OF AN INTENSITY NOT EXPERIENCED BY THE BRITISH ARMY SINCE,, THE KOREAN WAR"


Brigadier K. J. Dave. CBE, MC, DL.

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