Title ID 3057Collection ID797
TitleChristmas in Korea
DateDec 1956
CollectionRoyal Sussex Regiment Collection
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Celebrations Christmas Landscape Travel Winter
LocalKohima camp
NationalKorea Asia
ProductionMajor Reade (Officer in Charge)
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration5 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur filmic record of the Royal Sussex Regiment on duty in Korea. The troops are filmed on exercise in the snowy landscape, and celebrating Christmas in the barracks. The Regiment was sent to Korea in July 1956 as the last British unit in the Commonwealth Contingent under the command of the United States Army.


The film opens with an emblematic shot of the badge of the Royal Sussex Regiment. Various long shots show the Korean barracks which are located in an alpine setting. Vehicles are filmed arriving at the camp. The troops undertake various outdoor exercises, teaming off to work with machine guns, and taking steps to avoid small explosions. A group is filmed posing next to a stone which marks the '38th Parallel'. A couple of the troops are seen chopping down a tree which is later adorned with Christmas decorations in the barracks. Army cooks prepare the meals, watched over by some of the troops. The film ends with the troops, both male and female, opening their Christmas presents.