"Is there any famous film or book on the Korean War? None as far as I'm aware. We need to make a proper evaluation of the war the world forgot," says Andrew Salmon, a British journalist who has been living in Seoul for 11 years, working for the Forbes and the Times.
Salmon (43) recently published a book titled "To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea 1951," a non-fiction account of the battle between British and Chinese soldiers. The book portrays the experience of British soldiers in a foreign land under a hail of bullets and their miserable life in a prisoner-of-war camp 60 years ago. The book also fast-forwards to the current life of the war veterans, and features never-before-seen pictures.
"I interviewed more than 50 Korean War veterans over the last two years," said Salmon. Many lost an eye or a leg in the war, and some suffered trauma from the guilt of killing Chinese soldiers. "The war did not shake only the lives of Koreans. But most of the veterans said they have no regrets, after visiting Korea and seeing how much the country has developed," he says.
Having always been interested in wars, Salmon says he could not find a single book on the Korean War in any major bookstore in Britain. A war that caused enormous casualties has disappeared from people's memory in just half a century.
"The story of young men who sacrificed their life in a foreign country is being forgotten. Don't you think the Koreans or the Korean government should rediscover their story before I do? Next year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. There aren't that many people who can testify what happened in the war."
Salmon plans to publish a Korean version of his book soon. The book is to be made into a film, directed by Dan Gordon, a British documentary director known for a series of documentaries on North Korea including "The Game of Their Lives."