Re: Canada's Role in The Korean WAR
After World War II, Canada's military had contracted and was primarily trained as a domestic self-defense force. Canada's participation in the Korean conflict was instrumental in creating the modern Canadian military that is capable of global participation in military operations - and has been a frequent participant in UN operations worldwide.
The Canadian element of the multi-national UN force fighting the North Koreans was not insignificant. More than 26,000 Canadians fought in some part of the Korean war. Canadian naval vessels participated in blockades, interdicted enemy ships, provided artillery barrages, and supported carrier operations. Canadian ground units were involved in a number of intense attacks and counterattacks, as well as the many small operations that characterized the virtual stalemate for the last year and a half or so of the war.
During the Korean War, Canadian infantry forces joined British, Australian, New Zealand, and Indian infantry units as part of the newly-formed British Commonwealth Forces Korea (BCFK), a unique multinational fighting force that presaged the type of multinational military operations that have come to characterize almost all subsequent UN military interventions.