The war that time tries to forget….the 1950s and the Korean War……this basically brought down America’s ‘Caesar’, MacArthur…..
For those that have fallen for the erasing of this conflict from American collective memory….I can fill in the blanks…..
The Korean war began on June 25, 1950, when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself. After some early back-and-forth across the 38th parallel, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them. Meanwhile, American officials worked anxiously to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia and China–or even, as some warned, World War III. Finally, in July 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives in what many in the U.S. refer to as “the Forgotten War” for the lack of attention it received compared to more well-known conflicts like World War I and II and the Vietnam War. The Korean peninsula is still divided today.
Let’s take a look at the major battles of this conflict…
Korea was under the rule of the Japanese Empire between the year 1910 and the end of World War II. In 1945, the country was liberated by the Soviet Union from the Japanese rule as a result of the agreement with the United States. The Soviet Union settled in the North while the United States settled in the South of Korea. As a result of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea was split into two with separate governments in 1949. However, both the government claimed to be the legitimate Korean government. The conflicts between these governments resulted in battles when North Korea moved into South Korea in 1950. The war marked series of wars that were to follow. To this far, no treaty has been signed and the two countries are technically still at war.
16. First Battle of Seoul
AS Americans put this deadly conflict out of their minds the next will be Vietnam….as those vets grow older and pass on there will be few that will keep their memory alive….hopefully people like me will keep Korea and Vietnam in their minds and in their memories.
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When I was young, many men in London had served in Korea. Most were conscripts, doing their National Service. It was a shorter war, but a very hard one.
Best wishes, Pete.
Same here…..sadly it is mostly forgotten and Vietnam is quickly becoming the same thing. chuq
Post WWll America with its “containment policy” of imperialism. Yuk.
No better than other nations that pretend to be concerned about world events…..yuk indeed. chuq
China its version of the Truman Marshal Plan in Africa today. Yuk. Loans in exchange for military bases.
Sounds like neoliberalism…..;chuq
More like imperialism based on the post WWll American model.
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Thank you for the reminder, Chuq! xx Michael