As Chinese forces attempted a new advance into the South Korean city of Kapyong in April of 1951, all that stood in their way was a small brigade of Canadian, Australian, and New Zealander soldiers.
Outnumbered 10 to 1, the UN had to hold the line against a much better-armed force. While the Chinese were carrying new Soviet machine guns, the UN soldiers only had single-bolt-action rifles from World War 2.
With US reinforcements weeks away from arriving and a seemingly endless number of Chinese soldiers supporting the North Koreans, the small UN brigade at Kapyong had insurmountable pressure on their shoulders. If the city fell, the front line would be breached, almost assuring the total Chinese invasion of South Korea.
The Australian and Canadian forces then set up defensive positions in two hills overlooking the valley and established the few machine-gun posts they could manage as they prepared for the incoming attack. They knew an onslaught was coming, as their South Korean allies fled through the valley in disarray after losing a battle in the North.
As the sun began to set on the evening of April 23, 1951, the UN soldiers watched in disbelief at the Kapyong Valley below them as an approaching horde of Chinese soldiers was rushing their position.
With their South Korean allies bolting in a panic, it was up to them to stop the Chinese advance and hold the line at whatever cost.
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