How are the Glosters doing?" The brigadier, schooled in Britain and thus British humor, replied: "A bit sticky, things are pretty sticky down there.
Meaning: In April 1951, 650 British fighting men - soldiers and officers from the 1st Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment - were deployed on the most important crossing on the Imjin River to block the traditional invasion route to Seoul. The Chinese had sent an entire division - 10,000 men - to smash the isolated Glosters aside in a major offensive to take the whole Korean peninsula, and the small force was gradually surrounded and overwhelmed. After two days' fighting, an American, Major General Robert H Soule, asked this to American ears, this did not sound too desperate, and so he ordered them to stand fast. Only 40 Glosters managed to escape.British