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The Colombian Army in Korea, 1950-1954

From: The Journal of Military History
Volume 69, Number 4, October 2005
pp. 1137-1177 | 10.1353/jmh.2005.0215


A diverse multinational coalition fought to defend South Korea between 1950 and 1953. The United Nations (UN) army featured combat divisions from industrialized countries, but also included units from small UN member states such as Colombia. This article examines the multinational campaign in Korea through coverage of the Colombian Army experience. It finds that the successful integration of the Colombia Battalion into the U.S.-led UN Command grew from the republic's larger relationship with the United States.