Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War, 1950-1953

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Chinese Hordes and Human WavesA lecture by Brigadier (Ret'd) Brian Parritt CBE, author and former Director of the Intelligence Corps.

In July 2013, the sixtieth anniversary of the ceasefire in the Korean War will be commemorated. A war precipitated and compounded by intelligence failures, in which over one million Koreans and forty thousand men of the United Nations forces lost their lives. Brigadier Brian Parritt, who served as a Gunner Officer in the last phase of the war, was wounded and commended for bravery.

In his lecture, Brigadier Parritt will discuss the causes and implications of the war, the events which led to the ceasefire and the much overlooked role played by the armed forces of the Republic of Korea.

Brigadier (Ret'd) Brian Parritt CBE served for thirty seven years in the British Army, culminating in five years as Director of the Intelligence Corps. Throughout his service he held a variety of senior intelligence and security appointments all over the world, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Malta, Libya and Cyprus. He is a parachutist, and was wounded and commended for bravery during the Korean War. Brigadier Parritt was awarded the MBE during the Enosis Campaign in Cyprus and the CBE in Northern Ireland. He is the author of several books on military history, including 'The Intelligencers: The Story of British Military Intelligence from the Middle Ages to 1929' (Pen and Sword: April 2011).

Brigadier Parritt will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 'Chinese Hordes and Human Waves: A Personal Perspective of the Korean War, 1950-1953' (Pen and Sword, November 2011), which will be on sale.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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