Lined up in two rows behind a stack of captured weapons, a group of North Korean prisoners-of-war ...

Units
Place Asia: Korea
Accession Number P02201.034
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Maker Robertson, Ian
Place made Korea
Date made c October 1950
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Lined up in two rows behind a stack of captured weapons, a group of North Korean prisoners-of-war (POWs) stands on a sandy riverbank, probably the Taeryong River, Korea, as they are watched by three members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), (right), who are wearing greatcoats and hoods as protection against the cold. The Australian soldier nearest the prisoners has the barrel of his Owen gun trained on them, while partly visible at extreme right is a Korean interpreter serving with 3RAR. The captured weapons include Chinese Communist 7.62 mm Mosin Nagant rifles and carbines, as well as Russian 7.62 mm PPSh M1941 submachine guns ('Burp guns') distinguished by their cylindrical magazines. The North Koreans surrendered or were captured when the Australians crossed the river during their northward advance.