British tank dug in on Hill 159, 1951
Photograph by John Whitehouse, 15 Division Locating Battery, Royal Artillery, Korean War (1950-1953), 1951.
Initially United Nations soldiers were unprepared for the Korean climate. Freezing winters with heavy snow, icy winds and temperatures as low as -40°C meant that troops had to deal with frost-bite, frozen ground and equipment.
This photograph shows a Centurion tank of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards during the winter of 1951-1952. Temperatures of -22 C meant that the tanks' engines had to be started up every two hours at night.
One of a collection of photographs taken by John Whitehouse, 15 Division Locating Battery, Royal Artillery, Korea, 1951.
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