Battle of Hill 282

The Battle of Hill 282 was a military engagement of the Korean War. It was fought between a British Army unit and North Korean forces on September 23, 1950, on Hill 282, near Naktong River. The battle began with an attack on North Korean troops deployed on this hill, carried out by the 5th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a British line infantry unit, but, unfortunately for the British, it ended with a friendly fire incident in which three USAF P-51 aircraft raked the 5th Battalion men with 12.7mm-caliber machine gun fire, dropping two napalm bombs on them; the American pilots had mistaken them for North Korean troops, who were actually deployed on the neighboring Hill 388 and from which they had launched a mortar fire attack on the advancing British. As a result, what could have been a victory ended up in a tragedy as more than 30 British soldiers got killed by friendly fire.

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