American Major Fisher-Hoch makes speech to RA soldiers who served in Korean War.
Unissued / unused material.
Citation for Royal Artillery gunners' action in Korean War, read by American Major Fisher-Hoch who commanded the company in action. Woolwich, London.
Various shots of parade ground, troops stand to attention in front of Major Fisher-Hoch on dais.
Date on dope sheet is 24/10/1953.
Note: according to PET & dope sheet this item has a sound track. Unfortunately it has been transferred onto tape *PM2644*. May be retransferred at a later date.
Fisher-Hoch's speech as taken from dope sheet: "The 83rd Chinese Communist Army drove the full force of its savage assault at the positions held by the 1st Bn. Gloucester Regiment and attached unit, C Troops, 170th Independent Mortar Battery, R.A. On 24 April 51, the weight of the attack had driven the right flank of the battalion back. The pressure grew heavier and heavier and the battalion and attached unit were forced into a perimeter defence on Hill 235. During the night heavy enemy forces had by-passed the staunch defenders and closed all avenues of escape. The courageous soldiers of the battalion and attached unit were holding the critical route selected by the enemy for one column of the general offensive designed to encircle and destroy 1st Corps. The gallant soldiers would not retreat. As they were compressed tighter and tighter in their perimeter defence they called for close-in air strikes to assist in holding on. Completely surrounded by tremendous numbers, these indomitable, resolute and tenacious soldiers fought back with unsurpassed fortitude and courage. Their resoluteness and extraordinary heroism are in keeping with the finest traditions of the renowned military forces of the British Commonwealth and reflect credit on these courageous soldiers and their homeland".