The late Les Hughes recalls serving in the Korean War in this Memories of Service episode. Hughes served as an artillery gunner in 161 Battery of the Royal New Zealand Artillery. He was involved in the Battle of Kapyong, where UN troops withstood a massive Chinese attack, helping to prevent the capture of Seoul, the South Korean capital. Aged 86 at the time of the interview, Hughes reminisces about that battle and his training back in New Zealand, the Kiwi troop’s lack of equipment, and the journey home at war's end. Some 31 Kiwi soldiers were killed in action in Korea, and 78 wounded.
We could drop shells 25 yards ahead of the front line, our troops. And it was amazing, seeing that the British and Canadians were regular force chaps, we were all volunteers just off the street. And we could shoot as accurately, if not better, than some of the regular force troops.– Les Hughes
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