Korean War 1950-1953

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Korean War 1950-1953

Before The WarAfter WW2, North Korea became occupied by the Soviet Union and South Korea became occupied by the U.S. and Korea was split on the 38th parallel. Korea would eventually be unified and the country would be free and independent. Meanwhile, the Soviets placed Kim II Sung a young rebel as leader of the comunist government in the North. While in the South the U.S. helped set up a more capitalist and Pro-Western government. Unfortunately, between 1945-1947 all efforts to create a unified country failed, and the years leading up to June,25, 1950 became failures for Korea. After over hundreds of years of being unified, Korea became seperated for the first time. Then in 1949-1950 a new comunist government in China forms; arms race begins after the Soviets test their first atom bomb; and the comunist party in Veitnam takes over. The first symptoms of the Cold War and Korean War began to show.

This is the map of Korea before the Korean War and after the Korean War.

This is North Korea's advance into South Korea: June,25 1950-September, 15 1950.

UN forces advance and push back into North Korea.

The WarAfter June 25th 1950 Korea became a bloodbath. The 75,000 strong North Korean Army marched into South Korea, supported by the Soviets. In just months almost all of Korea fell into comunist hands. By September 14th 1950 UN forces were forced back to the Pusan Perimeter. Then, a UN counter offense defeated the North Koreans in the South while an amphibous landing more North helps recapture Seoul capitial of South Korea. By October 11th 1950 the capatial of North Korea--Pyongyang was captured. With support from the U.S. and the UN Mac Arthur marches several divisions into some of the north most provinces in all of Korea. But on November 1st the Communist Chinese attack U.S. forces at Usan. By the end of November the Chinese had invaded full on. The Chinese pushed UN forces back into South Korea by the beggining of Janurary 1951. Truman suggests there may be need to use an atomic bomb and issuse state of national emergency. After several meetings Operation Thunderbolt is launched and puts U.S./UN forces back on the offensive. By April 5th Turman takes MacArthur out of command of forces in the Korean Penisula. New communist offensives fail to retake Seoul. UN countries stop trade with Communist China, China blamed for "aggression". In the Summer and Fall of 1951 peace talks begin. Exactly a year later authorization of massive bombings of powerplants and Pyongyang result in many deaths in North Korea. Meanwhile in Washington, Truman states he will not run for re-election and Eisenhower is suggested to run for president. When 1953 came, Eisenhower was president and peace talks again began after several wins and loses for both sides in Korea. July 27th 1953 a peace treaty is signed, the 38th parallel again became the border between comunist North and capitalist South Korea.

Seoul, South Korea now a modernized democracy.

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Korean War 1950-1953 By: Frank Kogan

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A military parade in part of Pyongyang, North Korea-the most reclussive country in the world.

The Korean DMZ is the most heavily guarded border in the world with nearly 2 million troops guarding the fields of mines; electrical fences; and machine guns.

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After the WarThe Korean War had taken a toll on both countries. South Korea's economy became low, while North Korea had become the most reclussive country in the world. Famine, death camps, and labor camps are all just some of the horrors in the North; they praise their "god" who was Kim Il Sung then Kim Jung il and now Kim Jung Un. Cellphones and laptops are banned;traveling is banned; and you will be executed for protesting. Though after many years of hardship the South has flourished into a more pro-Western democracy holding democratic elections. North Korea had held up its regime for a while, but without the Soviet Union, or lots of support from China it faces many hardships to come. Spending nearly 800 million dollars annually on nukes, but barely getting people the rice grain that they need to live off of.

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