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British Prisoners of the Korean War$
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S. P. MacKenzie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656028.001.0001

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The Civilians from Seoul

The Civilians from Seoul

(p.7) 1 The Civilians from Seoul
British Prisoners of the Korean War

S. P. MacKenzie

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the experiences of the small number of British civilians captured in the initial North Korean advance in the summer of 1950 while in transit northward and in various North Korean camps along the Yalu. Particular attention is paid to the circumstances of capture, how the group coped with sometimes severe privation, the impact of seeing how various groups of US military prisoners behaved, their ability to argue with and resist political instructors aiming to expose them to the joys of life in the people's democracies, and the subtle effects on some of them of long-term exposure to only communist literature.

Keywords:   civilians, resistance, North Korea, Yalu, privation, communist literature

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