While the motorcycle is a natural vehicle on the road, these are
Days, its role as a war vehicle is often overlooked. in the
This article examines the role of the motorcycle
Korean War and the important role he played in it
Motorcycle manufacturers have a long tradition of development
Plate and deliver when their country is in need. During World War I and
WWII, manufacturers like Indian, Harley Davidson and Triumph
provided the military with machines fitted out exactly to Pentagon specifications. in the
In fact, Harley Davidson produced over 90,000 machines for the USA
Military alone during WWII!
At the beginning of the Korean War (August 1950) there were at least 45 motorcycles
destroyed in a failed retreat attempt. No, this one
weren’t Harleys that were captured – they were
Motorcycles captured by the US 25th Division, 3rd Battalion, 5th
marines. In fact, the newly formed North Korean army is being (supported and trained
by the Soviets and Chinese) had a whole among its 90,000 men
Motorcycle Reconnaissance Regiment. On this particular day, however
The bikes met their counterpart in the Corsairs that swooped down on them
them with their 20mm cannons and rocket attacks.
On the North Korean side, the North Korean Army (NKA) used motorcycles
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detailed. When the NKA took over Seoul on July 12, 1950
The motorcycle regiment secured the key crossing at Ch’ungju
helped secure the central region and allowed the NKA to capture the city.
On the Allied side, the 17th Motorcycle Regiment helped with routing
the NKA a short time later from Seoul.
The main shift that took place during the Korean War was that
Replacement of the motorcycle by the jeep in the US Army. That
Motorcycle had apparently been replaced as the preferred vehicle for
difficult terrain. The introduction of the Jeep was part of a
Comprehensive program implemented by the US to replace aging vehicles
from the First World War (including the motorcycle and sidecar). While new
Motorcycles were certainly used during the Korean War (as mentioned above),
The jeep replaced it in numerous areas where it was formerly known
Perhaps the true story of the Korean War and the motorcycle is one
that you don’t find by leafing through the history books or looking up
dry numbers, how many motorcycles were used in this or that
Raid for this or that purpose. The real story – the human
History can be summed up in the story of Mark Nozzolillo and his Honda
The shade. This is a picture of Mark’s father Vince.
Vince is a Korean War veteran who lost a friend
Battlefield August 1950. So shocked to see his mate’s
During the performance, the young man (20 years old at the time) turned to his
First Sergeant, sobbing and clinging to him in an almost fetal position
uncontrolled. Nozzolillo himself said he “just left
when he saw the sight. His son took the old photo (first published
in 1955) and sprayed it on the petrol tank of his Honda.
The story here is one of the tragedies of war that we all need to know
Think of it, and the tribute a father paid his son. That this tribute
Paid on airbrush motorcycle is all motorcycle
Enthusiasts can be proud. It’s a memory that Mark will keep
every time he rides his bike.