Korean Atrocity!:- Forgotten War Crimes 1950-1953
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||November 2000|
|INSIDE:||33 photographs and 9 line drawings|
During his research at The Public Records Office whilst acting in his capacity as Historian for the National Ex-prisoners of War Association, Phillip Chinnery discovered some recently de-classified files on Korean war.
They contain records of investigations into 1,615 atrocities and war crimes perpetrated against troops serving with the United Nations command in Korea between 1950 and 1953.
Much of the material is horrific and had there been a clear victor there is no doubt that war crimes' trials would have followed.
This book looks at some of these atrocities as they occurred in three main scenarios; the first part of the war when the opposing sides fought themselves to a standstill, the treatment of prisoners of war in North Korea and China and finally the repatriation of prisoners. It is in that last part that we discover that 100 British servicemen and a staggering figure of 7,956 American forces remain unaccounted for. One confidential US Government document discusses the disappearance of American pilots who were probably interrogated by Soviet intelligence. Another reports a B-29 crew that was released by the Chinese two years after the war had ended. They were ordered by the American Government to keep quiet about the prisoners that they left behind. What has been done to find these missing men or have they been forever abandoned by those they sought to serve?