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[Memorabilia Hall II]The Australian brave soldiers entered the Korean War-1
On 25 June 1950, North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. The Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, soon announced that Australia would commit troops in response to the UN resolution calling for support for South Korea.By July, No. 77 Squadron RAAF was in action, and on 28 September the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) arrived at Pusan in South Korea as part of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade. On the same day at Taegu, 60 km north of Pusan, a 3RAR Regimental Police Officer helped a Korean mother give a drink of water to her thirsty child, one of millions of Korean civilians who became refugees in the first eighteen months of the war as armies advanced and retreated up and down the Korean peninsula. (Australian War Memorial [AWM] 146904, photographer Claude Rudolph Holzheimer)