War is usually portrayed in the popular media as the firing of weapons and the movement of troops, ships and aircraft. Occasionally, a movie such as M*A*S*H will show another side of war such as the medical. But we don’t often hear about the logistical operations: the furnishing of food, water, supplies, and laundry and bath facilities.
As a junior officer in the Canadian Army during the Korean war, I was assigned to the Mobile Laundry and Bath Unit — the MLBU. It was my responsibility to move laundry and bath equipment with personnel to locations near the front where there was some form of running water, so we could provide the troops with the luxury of a shower and clean clothing. The process of locating these sites was in itself an adventure.
The goal of this blog is to supplement my 2004 memoir M*L*B*U Full Monty in Korea with more stories about Canada’s MLBU during the Korean War.