KOREAN WAR

September 24, 2016

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The Korean War was a conflict between North and South Korea that began early in 1940s with major hostilities beginning in June 1950 and ending in July 1953. The causes of the conflict were diverse but notably the attempted reunification of the North and South Korea bringing in the conflicting interest of the allied forces and the communism block of china and the Soviet Union. Another leading cause of the conflict was an electoral dispute regarding the two sides as well as a border conflict at the 38th Parallel.  In  the early morning of Sunday, June 25th 1950,  North Korea attacked the Southern army  crossing the 38th parallel with  firestorm  of artillery  behind with claims that South Korean army had under the leadership of Syngman Rhee had already crossed the border.

In a few hours time, the United Nations Security Council was convened passing resolution UNSC Resolution 82 which condemning the military action of North Korea.

On June 27 1950, United States president Truman issued a statement calling for air and se support to South Korea. At the same time, the UN passed a Resolution 83 which recommend military assistance to the Republic of South Korea. Few days after the onslaught of the attack South Koreans soldiers were outnumbered and outgunned and retreated further south. North Korean Air Force bombed Kimpo Airport in Seoul and by June 28th, they had occupied Seoul

On July 5th 1950 American Task Force Smith which was a larger part of US Army’s 24th Infantry Division  which was based in Japan fought for the first in Osan, suffering a heavy defeat. The northern army pressed on and by August, U.S. soldiers and the South Korean forces had been pushed back around the City of Pusan

In what marked the escalation of the war, the allied forces fought the Battle of Pusan Perimeter. This denied the North Korean forces from capturing Pusan. When the allied forces were confined in Pusan, they sought the US air forces which flied about 40 sorties every day. This came with the strategic bombers including B-29s which destroyed all rail and roads cutting off vital supplies to the Northern Forces.

By cutting off the vital supply, North Korea forces found themselves with weak logistical supplies and strategy moving from the Pusan perimeter. UN commander, General MacArthur called for the Amphibious landing at Incheon behind the North Korean forces. The X corps which was under General Edward Almond waged guerilla war backed by intensive shelling at Incheon recapturing Seoul

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