Summer in 1952

Summer in 1952

Days after Díaz’s arrival at the Command Post of the Colombia Battalion in the rear. The motto of the Gimlets was “The Gimlets are here. Victory is near”.

In the Boot Camp

In the Boot Camp

The Center was activated on July 12, 1952 to replace the one that used to operate in Busan, with the advantage that it reduced the number of displacements of the Colombia Battalion personnel. Several contingents were attached to the tactical unit that had been deployed since May 1951 to make up for the casualties of the combats. The partial rotation system, which did not exceed twenty percent of the Combat Force, allowed a group of veterans to ensure and ratify the effectiveness of the unit before being sent back to the front.

Colombian Battalion waiting military training

Colombian Battalion waiting military training

Colombia Battalion C Company during a training cycle in the Command Post, Hwachon Dam area.

Colombian Battalion in training

Colombian Battalion in training

Díaz remembers that trainings were sometimes more strenuous than being at the front line. About the exercises, he still remembers the long marches and enduring high temperatures, which reached 25°C (77°F) and could even reach 38°C (100°F) during summer.

Temporary Camp Area

Temporary Camp Area

Temporary camp area of the Colombia Battalion Command Post. The combat tents had capacity for 30 people. Each tent had heating equipment for winter days.

Temporary Camp Area

Temporary Camp Area

Temporary camp area of the Colombia Battalion Command Post. The combat tents had capacity for 30 people. Each tent had heating equipment for winter days.

Colombian Battalion in training

Colombian Battalion in training

The ranks of the United Nations armies adopted the motto of General Mathew Ridgeway: “The instruction and training for combat received by soldiers must be so intense that the firing line is for him a true rest.

In the Boot Camp

In the Boot Camp

During training Exercise, Colombian soldiers had 10 minutes for break time.

Colombian Soldiers relaxing in break time during training exercise

Colombian Soldiers relaxing in break time during training exercise

In the photo, Corporal Vicente Ramírez is seated in front of a phonograph that the men of the Battalion bought in Tokyo to reproduce the vinyl records that many of them took to the war.

Colombian Soldiers relaxing in break time during training exercise

Colombian Soldiers relaxing in break time during training exercise

In the photo, Corporal Vicente Ramírez is seated in front of a phonograph that the men of the Battalion bought in Tokyo to reproduce the vinyl records that many of them took to the war.

Colombian Soldiers relaxing in break time during training exercise

Colombian Soldiers relaxing in break time during training exercise

In the photo, Corporal Vicente Ramírez is seated in front of a phonograph that the men of the Battalion bought in Tokyo to reproduce the vinyl records that many of them took to the war.

Colombia Battalion playing sports

Colombia Battalion playing sports

After the training, the men of the Colombia Battalion were given a break to practice the sport of their choice. The playing field was improvised by them.

Meal time

Meal time

Supplies were always delivered on time. This was determining to maintain high morale among the Colombia Battalion troops, who received their rations timely and without fail.

Break time

Break time

The Pukhang River can be seen in the background. Its runs through the current territory of the two Koreas.

Break time

Break time

Rivers in Korea run mainly in an east-west direction. Warm currents attract a diverse variety of fish, and fishing is one of the main economic activities in the country.

Break Time

Break Time

This group was in charge of detecting landmines and traps before entering the combat. This was an important work that saved many lives during the confrontation.

  • Heading for Korea

  • Straight to the Line

  • Everyday on the front line

  • In Front

  • Back to Colombia

  • Colombia Veterans' present