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On 25 June 1950, Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea and rapidly advanced southwards. This image shows British troops leaving Hong Kong to join United Nations forces in South Korea, September 1950.
South Korean soldiers, separated from their unit during a Chinese offensive, make their way back to the United Nations lines.
Encouraged by the UN, many countries sent troops to support the South. Soldiers from India, Britain, New Zealand and Australia show the Commonwealth contribution to the war effort in Korea.
HMS Belfast firing a salvo from her 6-inch guns against enemy troop concentrations on the west coast of Korea, 1951.
Flares sent up along the Imjin River to illuminate enemy patrols.
On 27 July 1953, an armistice was signed agreeing that Korea would remain a divided country. Here Major T H Wilson of the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment reads ceasefire instructions to Headquarters personnel.