Tuesday, November 08, 2011

RAS lecture by Andrew Salmon tonight on British and Australian Soldiers in the Korean War

Tonight's Royal Asiatic Society lecture will feature Andrew Salmon and is titled "Scorched Earth, Black Snow: British and Australian Soldiers in the Invasion of North Korea." Salmon's previous book, "To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951" is well regarded (haven't had a chance to read it myself, but plan to one of these days), and the presentation sounds like a must-see:
In autumn 1950, UN forces defeated the North Korean Army in the South, and counter-attacked across the 38th parallel. The result of the free world's only ever invasion of a communist state would be utter catastrophe and the entry of a new superpower onto the world's stage. In a presentation illustrated with some 200 photographs and paintings Andrew Salmon, author of Scorched Earth, Black Snow (London, 2011) will bring this grim struggle back to life as he tells the story of Anglo-Australian forces in those dramatic and terrible months.
The description ends with this: "It is hoped some characters from the book will attend the presentation."

More details can be found here. The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Residents' Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Somerset Palace in Seoul, which is north of Jogyesa Temple, and is 5,000 won for non-member and free for members.

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