In Valiant Company marks the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most significant Korean War engagement, the infamous Battle of Kapyong. Ben O’Dowd, a Lieutenant Colonel, was in the thick of the action as commander of A Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. In this memoir, he describes, in dramatic prose, the unfolding events of the first eight months of the Korean War, fought in often freezing conditions in extreme terrain against a brave and skillful enemy.
It is a story of a group of Diggers who, though vastly outnumbered, refused to be beaten. They emerged victorious from a series of bloody engagements, culminating in their heroic stand at the Battle of Kapyong for which they received the United States Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. Major O’Dowd’s pride in his men shines through on every page of this gripping story of soldiers facing the stress and terrors of battle.
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