Editor's note:Much-loved former ABC TV presenter Peter Cundall (b. 1927) was a paratrooper in the British Army before going on to a colourful military career in postwar Europe, which included arrest and imprisonment for alleged espionage in Tito's Yugoslavia. After his release in early 1947 he was posted to the Palestine War (1945-48). He joined the Australian Army in 1950 and was sent with 3 RAR as a machine gunner to Korea. By November 1951 the Korean War had reached a stalemate, an agonising, protracted battle for ridges, outposts and hills that was to last until the Armistice Agreement was signed in July 1953.