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D Company cleared out pockets of enemy remaining in the battalion area and then moved forward and contacted 503 Airborne Battalion. This battalion had been attacked at 6.00 a.m. that morning and had suffered some casualties. Many enemy soldiers attempted to escape through the ever-decreasing gap between 187 Airborne and 3 RAR by fleeing across the open paddy fields but ran into tank and small arms fire.

Later the whole area had to be carefully cleared as enemy soldiers who had not fled would not surrender but lay low or sniped and had to be flushed out group by group, one by one. The Airborne Battalion then returned to Sukchon. Enemy casualties amounted to approximately 150 killed and 239 taken prisoner, while seven 3 RAR soldiers were wounded.

Vickers machine-gunners
North Korea, October 1950. Vickers machine-gunners from 3 RAR await a chance to fire on enemy targets from the crest of a hill.
(AWM HOBJ1649)


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