Royal Artillery - Anti-tank Troop


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Entry: 81378
Subject: ANTI TANK TROOP

Jim Jacobs wrote on December 20, 2011


City and State: FAREHAM, HAMPSHIRE

Unit: 170TH MORTAR BATTERY

Service or Relationship: United Nations

Comments: The United Kingdom entered the Korean War on 6
September 1950 with an initial small force from Hong
Kong. Accompanying the Middlesex Regiment and the
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was 'A' Independent
Anti/Tank Troop Royal Artillery, commanded by Lt J
Trelawney Williams. In Hong Kong the Troop had been
part of 27 Light Battery equipped with 12 17-pounder
a/tk guns and 12 4.2 inch mortars as secondary
armament. The Troop took 4 towed 17 pounders to
Korea. On arrival at Pusan they moved directly into
the Naktong River line. Following the breakout from
the Naktong, together with all units of 27 British
Infantry Brigade, they advanced constantly until
Pakchon was reached, about 40 miles south of the
Yalu. Without ever testing the 17 pounders against
any T34 tanks, when China entered the war they were
driven south again as far as Pyongtaek. As there then
seemed to be no requirement for a/tk guns,and as the
much more heavily armed 29 British Independent
Infantry Brigade had arrived, the Troop returned to
Hong Kong, departing Korea on 6 March 1951. The
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation was
awarded to the Troop for the stand on the Naktong
River

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