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Signalman Saggers of 15 Division Locating Battery, Royal Artillery, looks out from an Advance Post dug into the side of a crawl trench, Winter 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 -40C meant that troops had to deal with frost-bite, frozen ground and equipment. In the humid summers temperatures rose to 41C and disease and rats flourished. During the monsoon trenches and dugouts flooded and collapsed. Korea's terrain and climate were as much an obstacle to British soldiers as the enemy they fought.

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NAM. 1990-07-202-29


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National Army Museum, Study collection

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