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No. 4 (Autumn 1953)
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Army Life in Korea

We did not talk much about the actual fighting. Mr Kahui found the Chinese fanatical, are very similar to the Japanese in their fighting habits. When making a charge, they called out ‘Banzai’, which is a Japanese word. He was struck by the part women took in the Chinese army; one charge, he said, was led by a woman who kept on shouting at the men behind her until she was shot, just before reaching the United Nations lines.

Mr Kahui had very high praise for the Indian ambulance unit, which he said was absolutely spotless, extremely well equipped and wonderfully obliging. He made several friends among the Indian ambulance men. Together with a Canadian unit, the Indians provide the ambulance service for the British Commonwealth Division.

What would be the future of Korea? Mr Kahui did not think the Koreans would altogether the worse off for the war. He thought the war had brought very important road improvements, which would otherwise have taken a very long time to put in. Yet the destruction was of course very great, and Korea to whom he had spoken told him it would take as long as twenty years to repair all the damage.